Happy Easter from SnackTime
SnackTime Vending would like to wish you a Happy Easter! To get you in the chocolate mood, here are some facts and figures to enjoy!
- The UK has the 7th highest consumption of chocolate in the world.
- On average, each person in Britain eats approx. 10.2kg of chocolate per year.
- The confectionery industry is worth over ￡5billion in the UK alone with chocolate making up ￡3.5 billion.
- The first chocolate factory in Britain opened in 1657.
- The Ivory Coast in West Africa is the world's leading producer of cocoa - supplying 43%.
- Fairtrade Chocolate sales now make up 10% of UK chocolate confectionary sales.
- The largest chocolate rabbit was created in South Africa in 2010 by artist Harry Johnson. The rabbit was over 12 feet tall and weighed 3 tons. After being exhibited in a specially constructed chilled Perspex box it was eaten by 250 disadvantaged children.
EASTER EGG FACTS
- Eggs were traditionally used in pre-Christian festivals as the symbol of new life, purity or fertility. Later customs concerning eggs were linked with Easter because the egg provided a fresh and powerful symbol of the Resurrection and the transformation of death into life.
- Decorating and colouring Hen, Duck or Goose eggs for Easter was the custom in England during the Middle Ages. The household accounts of Edward I, for the year 1290, recorded an expenditure of eighteen pennies for four hundred and fifty eggs to be gold-leafed and coloured for Easter gifts.
- London is hosting the biggest Easter egg hunt in the world for 2012. Two hundred giant Easter eggs are on display, each one decorated by a famous artisan. The eggs are on display until Easter 2012.
- Papier-maché Easter eggs started being produced in England in the 18th century and then the first chocolate eggs appeared in the 19th century with the earliest ones being completely solid
- The first chocolate Easter egg was produced in 1873 by Fry's.
- The most famous decorated Easter eggs are those designed by Peter Carl Faberge. In 1885 the Russian Tsar, Alexander III, commissioned Faberge to make a special Easter gift for his wife, the Empress Marie. This first Faberge egg was an egg within an egg. It had an outside shell of gold and enamelled white which opened to reveal a smaller gold egg. The smaller egg, in turn, opened to display a golden chicken and a jewelled replica of the Imperial crown. The Tsar and Tsarina were so impressed with their gold that they ordered the Faberge firm to design further eggs to be delivered every Easter. In later years Nicholas II, Alexander's son, continued the custom.
- The auctioneers Christie's sold a diamond encrusted Faberge egg in November 2007 for ￡9m.
- Approximately 90 million chocolate eggs are sold annually in the UK.
- Easter chocolate sales make up 10% of Britain's annual spending on chocolate.
- The largest chocolate Easter egg weighed 6,440 kg and was made by Supermercados Imperatriz and Nestle (Brazil) at the Beiramar Shopping Centre, Sao Jose, Santa Catarina, Brazil, on 3rd April 2010.