By Marian Connor

I was thinking…

What happens to all those surplus Easter eggs once their window of opportunity has closed?

I began to ponder this last week when I was greeted in a supermarket by a veritable wall of Easter eggs, stacked taller than me (although that’s not hard considering my limited stature), box on box on box, all shiny, colourful and full of chocolate promise.

This construction is probably mirrored all over the country in all types of retail establishments. I thought, surely they can’t all be sold by Easter? Even with a panoply of eager egg eaters out there, there must be excess, those that are surplus to requirements? So they pass their day of glory and are consigned to the Easter egg Graveyard. What happens there?

I am certain many will be discounted to the joy of chocolate lovers who care, not a jot, what form their cocoa fix takes but not all of them, what happens to the rest? Are these eggs melted down and reformed into other novelty shaped items? Could their shelf life be extended to become penguins and Santa’s for the Christmas season? Perhaps repackaged into items for children’s themed parties that improvise on the half egg shape, stick a sail in for the Owl and the Pussy Cat or the Wind in the Willows? Or better still a saucy morsel for seaside novelty shops, edible bra anyone?

This is all a long way from the original Easter eggs produced by Mr Cadbury in the 1870’s. These eggs were made with dark chocolate and unlike today, manufactured on a moderate scale, which may have avoided egg obsolescence and thus appealed to his Quaker sensibilities.

Today most palates prefer high fat and sugar content in their chocolate. Although this tastes good it does give a high calorie hit. Whereas if your chocolate has a higher cocoa content, around 70%, it usually has less fat and sugar and can bestow some health benefits. Dark chocolate eaten in moderation can be beneficial to the cardiovascular and endocrine systems. So you get more bang for your buck.

As reinforced by Dr Oz in and Katherine Harmon Courage in the Scientific American, if you care to explore.

So enjoy that chocolate fix and I hope we can all quote Katharine Hepburn proudly and not ruefully when she said,

 “What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a life time of chocolate”.


Image:  The Telegraph – Picture of the Day – 30th March 2009 

Dr Oz link – Good Chocolate, Bad Chocolate, and how to tell the difference via Orpah

Katharine Harmon Courage link – Why is dark chocolate good for you. Thank your Microbes via Scientific American


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