Bunnies and Eggs Come In All Shades of Chocolate

chocolate bunnies and eggs

Peeps, jellybeans, and Cadbury eggs are extremely popular types of Easter candy, but on Easter kids head for chocolate Easter bunnies first.

No matter how old we are, we all have our preferred way of attacking the chocolate rabbit. Just so you know where you rank, 76% of us eat the ears first, 13% bite off the feet, and 10% go for the tail. Sixty-five percent of adults prefer milk chocolate, 27% prefer dark chocolate.

Bunnies aren’t the only chocolate treat of the season. Chocolate eggs — solid, hollow, decorated, candy-coated, and filled with sweetness – give the bunnies a race through the grass.

Easter Eggs – the Confectionary Type

Easter is the second ranked holiday for candy purchases in the United States (just behind Halloween) and solid, hollow, and filled chocolate Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies are extremely popular choices of Easter candy.

Chocolate Easter eggs, along with chocolate bunnies, first made their appearance in the 1800’s. They can be found everywhere and at every price point, some piped with flowers and others wrapped in foil.  You can find them in chain stores, discount stores, high-end chocolatiers, and sitting in a bowl on just about every receptionist’s desk.

Hollow and Solid Chocolate Easter Eggs

Today’s Easter eggs are mostly sweet chocolate made from cocoa solids, fat, sugar, and some form of milk. The first chocolate eggs were solid, made of a ground roasted cacao bean paste. Hollow eggs didn’t come on the scene until a type of “eating chocolate” was developed.  By the turn of the 19th century the improved process of making chocolate, along with newer manufacturing methods, made chocolate Easter eggs an Easter gift of choice.

Decorated with Flowers and Wrapped in Shiny Foil

John Cadbury make the first French eating chocolate in 1842, but the first Cadbury Easter eggs didn’t arrive until 1875 and were a far cry from today’s Cadbury Crème egg. Early Cadbury eggs were smooth surfaced dark chocolate filled with small silver candy balls called dragees.

Early decorated eggs were plain shells piped with chocolate and marzipan flowers. Today’s chocolate Easter eggs are predominantly milk chocolate and include solid, hollow, decorated, and filled eggs.

The Cadbury Crème Egg that’s so popular now, has a chocolate shell and a filling of white and yellow fondant made of sugar and water beaten into a crème. Since the first egg was made in the 1920s, new varieties include fillings of caramel, chocolate, mint, and peanut butter.

The average calories in popular types of chocolate Easter eggs:

Hershey’s

  • Cadbury Chocolate Crème Easter Egg, 1 egg (39g): 180 calories, 8g fat, 25g carbs
  • Cadbury Crème Egg, original milk chocolate with soft fondant crème center, 1 egg (39g): 170 calories, 6g fat), 28g carbs
  • Cadbury Mini Eggs, 1 package (1.4 ounces): 190 calories, 9g fat, 27g carbs
  • Cadbury Mini Caramel Eggs, 4 pieces (1.3 ounces): 180 calories, 9g fat, 23g carbs
  • Cadbury Mini Egg, 12 eggs (40g): 200 calories, 9g fat, 28g carbs
  • Milk Chocolate (foil) Eggs, 7 pieces (1.4 ounces): 200 calories, 12g fat, 24g carbs
  • Candy Coated Eggs, 8 pieces (1.3 ounces): 180 calories, 8g fat, 27g carbs

Dove

  • Silky Smooth Milk Chocolate Eggs, 6 eggs: 240 calories, 14g fat, 26g carbs
  • Foil Dark/Milk Chocolate Eggs, 6 eggs (1.5 ounces): 230 calories, 14g fat, 26g carbs

Reese’s

  • Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter Eggs, 5 pieces (38g): 190 calories, 12g fat, 21g carbs
  • Reese’s Pastel Eggs, 12 pieces (1.4 ounces): 190 calories, 8g fat, 25g carbs
  • Reese’s Giant Peanut Butter Egg (whole egg, 6 ounces): 880 calories, 52g fat, 100g carbs

M&M’s

  • Milk Chocolate Speck-Tacular Eggs: 1/4 Cup (12 pieces): 210 calories, 10g fat, 29g carbs
  • M&M’s Peanut Butter Eggs, ¼ cup: 220 calories, 13g fat, 23g carbs
  • M&M’s Pretzel Eggs, ¼ cup: 180 calories, 6g fat, 28g carbs

Snickers

  • Original Peanut Butter Egg (1.1 ounce): 160 calories, 10g fat, 18g carbs
  • Snickers Mini Filled Egg (0.9 ounce): 130 calories, 6g fat, 17g carbs

Russell Stover

  • Caramel Egg (1 ounce): 130 calories, 6g fat, 19g carbs
  • Truffle Egg (1 ounce): 140 calories, 8g fat, 15g carbs

Whoppers

  • Robin Eggs, 8 pieces (1.4 ounces): 180 calories, 5g fat, 3g carbs
  • Mini Robin Eggs, 24 pieces (1.4 ounces): 190 calories, 5g fat, 35g carbs

Nestle

  • Butterfinger Eggs, 5 pieces (1.5 ounces): 210 calories, 11g fat, 29g carbs
  • Crunch Eggs, 5 pieces (1.3 ounces): 190 calories, 10g fat, 25g carbs

The average calories in popular types of chocolate Easter bunnies:

  • Solid Milk Chocolate Easter Bunny (2.5 ounces): 370 calories (average)
  • Dove Solid Chocolate Easter Bunny, whole bunny (4.5 ounces): 675 calories
  • Cadbury Solid Milk Chocolate Easter Bunny: 890 calories
  • Lindt Dark/Milk Chocolate Bunny (1.4 ounces): 225 caloriesSees Whole Bunny (4.5 ounces): 650 calories
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter/Reester, whole bunny (5 ounces): 720 calories
  • Russell Stover, whole bunny (4 ounces): 630 calories

Kosher Chocolate Candy

According to the Hershey Company website, Hershey’s candy coated milk chocolate eggs, chocolate crème eggs, peanut butter eggs, and all Hershey’s kisses are OUD.

 

Easter Candy Facts and Fun

 

 

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