Chocolate, chocolate everywhere… we also have our very own share!!

Chocolate, chocolate everywhere… we also have our very own share!!

It’s that time of the year again… oodles of chocolate, Hot Cross Buns and a long weekend!

You do not need to go to the store, we have some fabulous Chocolatiers right here and they can have their handmade chocolates delivered to your door. Check out the below links, order online and have chocolate at any time of the year!

Chocoyo in Nelson
Aroha in Nelson
Esque Fine Chocolates in Wellington

In the meantime, it is nearly Easter and we have cracked open a dozen facts to ponder as you tuck into your Easter stash… we know you have one!!

1) In the USA, 90 million chocolate bunnies and 91.4 billion eggs are produced each year. At Easter, Americans also consume more than 16 million jellybeans used to fill the hollow center of Easter eggs, and that’s enough to circle the globe three times over.

2) Every child in the UK receives an average of 8.8 Easter eggs every year – double their recommended calorie intake for a whole week. With all those eggs and other chocolate treats for family, relatives, loved ones and friends, it should be no surprise that households spend an average of £75 on Easter each year.

3) One of the world’s largest Easter egg was made by the Belgian chocolate producer, Guyilan, in 2005. The egg measured 8.3m high and took 26 craftsmen 525 hours to build. 1950kg of chocolate was used and the egg was displayed in the city of St. Niklass in Belgium.

4) While we may hide Easter eggs in New Zealand, some people in Switzerland display them proudly for everyone to see. It is a tradition in Nyon, near Geneva, to adorn fountains with flowers, ribbons and eggs.

5) The White House hosts an Easter Egg Roll on the front lawn each year. This tradition was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878. In England they roll them – egg rolling is still a popular sport in the UK, where people compete by rolling eggs down large hills. The ones that roll the furthest or survive the most competitions win. In New Zealand we eat them!

6) 7% of kids get up super early on Easter to see what the Easter bunny has brought them.

7) Temptation can be too much and 43 per cent of kids say they eat their first chocolate egg before Easter Sunday, but the average time for children to eat their first Easter egg is 11am on Easter Sunday morning.

8) 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.

9) When taking a bite into a chocolate bunny, 76% of us prefer to bite off the ears first. 5% eat the feet first and 4% eat the tail first.

10) Almost one in five children (19 per cent) say they’ve made themselves ill by eating too much chocolate over the Easter holidays.

11) The custom of giving eggs at Easter has been traced back to Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, for whom the egg was a symbol of life.

12) The name Easter owes its origin to Eostre or Eastre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess of light and the dawn who was honored at pagan festivals celebrating the arrival of spring.

Happy Easter!!