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Pretzels in your Easter Basket?

Posted on April 7, 2011 4:08 PM by Meghan

I’ve been compiling some fun Easter facts over the last few days, some related to the holiday in general and some more about Easter chocolate at LCC.  Lauren, our R&D guru, posted an entry a couple weeks ago chock full of good tidbits about the origins of Easter and how certain traditions came about.  This got me curious about other Easter facts; for instance did you know that pretzels were originally associated with Easter?  The twists of a pretzel were thought to resemble arms crossed in prayer.  Here are some more interesting Easter factoids we thought we’d share…
•    Chocolate Eggs are the most popular Easter candy (yes, even more popular than the bunny or jelly beans) and were first made in Germany in the 19th century.
•    LCC makes approximately 800,000 chocolate eggs each year. 
•    The milk caramel egg and the milk peanut butter egg are our two most popular eggs.
•    In medieval times, a festival of egg-throwing was held in church where the priest would throw a hard-boiled egg to one of the choir boys, who then tossed it to the next choir boy and so on and whoever held the egg when the clock struck 12 was the winner and retained the egg. 
•    Despite all the health benefits, adults prefer milk chocolate (65%) to dark chocolate (27%).
•    Most people believe bunnies should be eaten ears first (76% of Americans).
•    LCC makes over 100,000 bunnies each year.  It’s a good thing all of our chocolate bunnies are solid, because these are favored above hollow bunnies and marshmallow filled bunnies.
•    80% of parents carry on the tradition of the Easter bunny by preparing a surprise Easter basket  filled with goodies for their children and 90% of adults hope for their own Easter treat. (hint, hint)
•    LCC makes a few enormous bunnies each year called the Ha Ha Bunny.  Each one weighs over 21 pounds, seriously.  

So in summation, bring a few hard boiled eggs to church on Easter Sunday and see what happens, make sure you buy a solid chocolate bunny (preferably from LCC and if in doubt, buy milk), throw a few pretzels in the basket and make darn sure  everyone has a treat on Easter morning, young AND old!