People around the world associate Easter with baskets of chocolate eggs, but just where does this tradition come from?
For thousands of years eggs have been regarded as symbols of fertility and new life. The humble egg has been used to help people celebrate the start of spring and the beginning of the growing season. In ancient times the Romans, Egyptians and the Greeks would honour the new season by dying their eggs.
In the 17th century, toys that were shaped like eggs were given to children to play with, and during the Victorian era cardboard eggs were lined with satin and then filled with sweet treats or other gifts. At the end of the 19th century a series of bejewelled Easter eggs was made for the Russian Imperial family by the House of Fabergé.
The first Easter eggs were made from hen and duck eggs that were covered in vegetable dye or painted with charcoal, while the first chocolate eggs were made from a bitter and dark chocolate. These early eggs were produced in France and Germany in the early 1800s and were made from solid chocolate.
In 1875 the world was introduced to the very first hollow Easter egg, which had a sugared almond filling. The popularity of the chocolate egg would explode three decades later with the launch of a sweeter milk chocolate egg.
Chocolate Easter eggs are usually hollow but this Easter all the magic happens inside the egg. This is because Beyers has brought out the Sweetie Pie Egg, which is a delicious milk chocolate egg with a vanilla Sweetie Pie inside.
To get your hands on the Sweetie Pie Egg, visit our online shop or any major retailer.