We chomp a lot of chocolate at Easter….approximately 80 million Easter eggs are consumed in the UK each year at a cost of a whopping £200m. So where did this notion come from? Originally chocolate chomping was forbidden by the church during the week leading up to Easter – known as Holy Week.
Children were given in real eggs, which had to be laid that week and these special eggs were saved and decorated to make them ‘Holy Week eggs’ and then given as gifts. Subsequently, Victorians adapted the tradition with satin covered cardboard eggs filled with Easter gifts.
It wasn’t until the 19th century that chocolate eggs appeared in France and Germany, made from bitter and hard chocolate. As chocolate making improved, hollow eggs, like the ones we have today, were developed – yum yum!
With the chocolate along came the Easter Bunny! Legend has it that the Easter Bunny lays, decorates and hides eggs as they are also a symbol of new life. But he doesn’t do all the work alone… in Germany Easter eggs are delivered by a fox and in Switzerland eggs are delivered by a cuckoo!
Our Easter bunny needs your help to catch all the falling eggs before Good Friday – this mini computer game – Catch the Eggs will keep the children (and you) entertained for hours. So come on…help the Easter bunny, use your mouse to move the basket to catch the falling eggs so they have enough time for Easter. You score points for every egg you catch, but be careful not to catch the butterflies because then you lose points! Look out for the golden egg which gives you 10 bonus points.
Happy Happy Easter everyone – have an eggtastic time!