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Happy Easter

April 6, 2012 - Kim Collette
Happy Easter! Time for Easter egg hunts, Reese's peanut butter eggs, and my personal favorite.....Peeps! So in celebrating this glorious holiday, I thought I'd try to give you some fun facts to quiz your family with this Sunday! Easter Bunnies *90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter each year. *82% of Americans say they would prefer a chocolate bunny over a live bunny. *When biting into a chocolate bunny, 76% of Americans prefer to bite off the ears first, 5% the feet first, and 4% eat the tail first.

Other Fun Easter Candy *Each day throughout the year, 5 million marshmallow chicks and bunnies are produced in preparation for Easter. *Americans buy more than 700 million Peeps---making Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter Candy. *16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter (enough to fill a 9 story office building) *Red jelly beans are kids' favorite. *The world's largest jar jelly beans weighed 6,050 pounds. *Americans spend 2 billion dollars on Easter goodies and consume 7.1 billion pounds of Easter goodies.

Kids and Adults *More than 1/2 (57%) of kids get up before or at sunrise on Easter morning. *75% of kids are willing to do extra chores for extra Easter candy. *Kids first grab for chocolate bunnies (76%) when checking out their Easter baskets, followed by marshmallow treats (18%), malted milk balls/eggs (17%), and jelly beans *88% of adults carry on the tradition of making Easter baskets for thier kids. *90% of adults hope for their own treat from the Easter Bunny.

Random Fun Facts *The Easter egg roll on the White House lawn has been a tradition since 1878 *According to the Guiness Book of World Records, the largest Easter egg ever made was over 25 feet high and made of chocolate and marshmallow. It weighed 8,968 pounds and was supported by an internal steel frame *The traditional act of painting eggs is called Pysanka. *The custom of giving eggs at Easter time has been traced back to Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, to whom the egg was a symbol of life.

*By tradition. it is "lucky" for churchgoers to wear some bright new piece of clothing-at least a bonnett, if not a complete new outfit. *For Americans, Easter is the second most important holiday to eat candy, Halloween being the first. *Today, ten growers, most located along the California-Oregon border, in an area known as the "Easter Lily Capital of the World," produce 95% of all bulbs grown in the world for the potted Easter lily market. They produce 11 million bulbs annually. *Easter is now celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon which happens on or after March 21, the Spring Equinox. There you have it. Some fun and unique Easter facts to share with your family and friends....before crashing from your Easter candy high!

Happy Easter!


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