Fun Facts About Easter!

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We already know that Easter is one of our favorite holidays – after all, who can resist a decadent chocolate bunny, or competitive egg hunt? Here are some fun facts that make this holiday even better:

1. For Americans, Easter is the second most important holiday to east candy, and lots of it! According to the National Confectioner’s Association, Americans consumed 7 billion pounds of candy on Easter in 2001. So, what’s the first most candy-eating occasion of the year? Halloween, of course!

2. Nearly 120 million cards will be sent, exchanged, and given this Easter, which means it holds the fourth spot of the largest card-sending celebration in the U.S.

3. Americans buy more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps during the Easter holiday, which makes Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.

4. Besides chocolate, what other candy pops its head around the corner during Easter time? Jelly beans! An astounding 16 billion jelly beans are made exclusively for Easter. That’s enough beans to fill a plastic egg the size of a 9 story building!

5. In the early 19th century, the first chocolate eggs were made in Europe. They remain among the most popular treats associated with Easter.

6. In all, 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter every year. And, when taking a bite into one of those millions of chocolate bunnies, 76% of Americans prefer to bite off the ears first, while 5% eat the feet first and 4% eat the tail first.

7. Like many holidays on the calendar, Easter also has its own catchy tunes or carols. They’re not just for Christmas time! One such Easter carol, with its words in Latin, began as Tempus adest floridum, which can be translated as “Spring has now brought forth flowers”. Other “Easter Carols” you might know? “Here Comes Peter Cottontail”, “Easter Parade”, and “The Carnival Song”.

8. Common Easter symbols include the cross, Easter bells, the Easter lily, and of course, eggs and rabbits!

9. A tradition since 1878, the Easter egg roll on the White House lawn turns the area into a massive playground for children from all over the country.

10. In medieval times, a festival of “egg-throwing” was held in church. The priest would throw a hard-broiled egg to one of the choir boys, and then tossed from one choir boy to the next. When the clock struck 12, whoever held the egg, was the winner and got to keep the egg.

Whether filled with chocolate bunnies or marshmallow peeps, Ernst & Haas would like to wish you and your family a wonderful Easter!

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Easter Eggstravaganza!

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Most people would agree that one of the best things about Easter is not only finding Easter eggs, but also discovering what’s inside them! But if you’re looking for something more creative – and healthy – to stuff those little plastic eggs with, here are some ideas:

1. Money – who wouldn’t love getting some extra change?

2. Gift Certificates – maybe McDonald’s or Baskin Robbins or Jamba Juice…

3. Trail Mix or Raisins/Craisins – a sweet, but healthy treat!

4. Stickers – these can be found anywhere!

5. Seed packets – it is Spring after all!

6. Socks – there are some really cute Easter socks out there!

7. Finger puppets – the kids can put on a show afterwards!

8. Party size Play-Doh – these can be found at local party supply stores

9. Fish crackers – we love these fishes because they’re so delicious!

10. Temporary tattoos – gives the kids something to show off!

11. Erasers/pencil toppers – cute and practical!

12. Bouncy balls – fun for the whole family!

13. Gum – a treat the older kids really appreciate!

14. Race cars – Matchbox and Hot Wheels both fit inside Easter eggs!

15. Hair accessories – popular amongst girls!

16. Marbles – be sure not to lose these on your lawn…your lawn mower will thank you!

17. Chapstick/lip gloss – for the perfect Easter smile!

18. Nail polish – just make sure this is age appropriate

19. Rubber bugs, reptiles and spiders – don’t lose these on your lawn either…you might confuse them for the real thing!

20. Bath fizzies – bath time will be a hit with these water-color-changing fizzies!

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