Since Easter is coming up this Sunday I thought I would list some Fun Facts about Easter.
According to Infoplease.com Easter is the second most important candy-consuming Holiday of the year for Americans, who consumed 7 billion pounds of candy in 2011. Here are some more fun facts:
- About ninety million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year.
- 76% of Americans eat their Chocolate bunnies first, according to.
- Adults prefer milk chocolate (65%), to dark chocolate (27%).
- During Easter Americans buy more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps, making them the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.
- As many as 4.2 million Marshmallow Peeps, bunnies, and other shapes can be made each day.
- In 1953, it took 27 hours to create a Marshmallow Peep. Today it takes six minutes.
- Americans consume 16 billion jellybeans at Easter, many of them hidden in baskets. If all the Easter jellybeans were lined end to end, they would circle the globe nearly three times.
- Jellybeans did not become an Easter tradition until the 1930s. They were probably first made in America by Boston candy maker William Schrafft, who ran advertisements urging people to send jellybeans to soldiers fighting in the Civil War.
- Hot cross buns were among the earliest Easter treats, made by European monks and given to the poor during Lent.
- Pretzels were originally associated with Easter. The twists of a pretzel were thought to resemble arms crossed in prayer.