18 Things You Need To Know Before Eating Cadbury Creme Eggs
Cadbury Creme Eggs are an Easter staple that’s arguably more important than chocolate bunnies. People’s obsession with the fondant-filled treats has practically reached cult status, but even the most diehard Cadbury fanatics don’t know half of these facts.
1. They Have Their Own Season.
Part of what adds to the mysticism behind the creme eggs is the fact that they’re only available for a limited time every year — January through April, to be exact. A true fan is painfully aware of the fact, but company officials swear that they get questions about availability from people all the time.
2. Their Predecessors Were Super Fancy.
Though the eggs we know and love today are admittedly simple in terms of presentation, the forerunners to the modern model were a lot more detailed. The first Cadbury Easter egg, which came out in 1875, was made with dark chocolate and filled with sugar-coated chocolate drops, but soon the eggs got a major makeover, which consisted of chocolate piping and marzipan flowers.
3. The Creme Version Has Also Been Around For A While.
Cadbury’s creme-filled eggs debuted in 1923 but stood in the shadow of other Cadbury creations. It wasn’t until 1971 that the version we have today was released and proceeded to change our lives.
4. They Owe Their Fame To The Silver Screen.
According to Cadbury, though the creme-filled treasures were around since the Roaring Twenties, it wasn’t until 1975 that they became a springtime must-have, thanks to a string of commercials, like this one:
5. There’s A Cadbury Version Of Disney World.
If you’re a big fan of the eggs, you might want to make the trek to England to check out Cadbury World. Though the site isn’t devoted solely to creme eggs, there are plenty of cool things to check out, including a 4-D chocolate-themed ride (among others!), chocolate-making classes, and even an Aztec jungle to learn about the origins of chocolate. Oh, there’s also the world’s biggest Cadbury shop, so you can shop Cadbury products ’til you drop. Whether that’s from exhaustion or the extreme sugar intake is up for debate.
6. The Factory Makes A Ton Of Eggs.
It’s a good thing hens aren’t required for the production of these eggs or else they’d be pretty darn busy. During peak season, the Cadbury factory churns out somewhere between 1.2 and 1.5 million per day.
7. The Way They’re Made Is Kind Of Fascinating.
The eggs are made in two separate pieces and are slapped together in a process called a book fold. First, the sides are filled with liquid fondant (not marshmallow or white chocolate, as most people think), then dotted with the yellow “yolk” in one half. Finally, the chocolate pieces are fused together. Boom, Easter magic.
8. People Go Crazy For Them.
If you’re thinking “OMG, the factory makes SO MANY EGGS,” it’s because people eat so many of them. According to Cadbury, more than 200 million eggs are sold every year in the UK alone.
9. Fans Are Really Protective Of Their Eggs.
In 2015, after Mondelez acquired Cadbury, two major changes were introduced to the beloved eggs: (1) the shell was changed from Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate to, ahem, cheaper chocolate, and (2) the eggs were sold in five-packs instead of packs of six. Angry consumers took to Twitter to vent with the hashtag #cremeggate and even created a petition for Cadbury to return to the old recipe. Apparently, fans were so upset by the changes that sales were actually affected and dropped by 7 percent, costing the company $8.6 million.
10. A Restaurant Created A Whole Menu Around Them.
In 2016, a cafe aptly named Crème de la Crème Egg Cafe popped up in London featuring dishes made from the famous creme eggs. Options included items such as Creme Egg “toasties” (breakfast sandwiches), creme eggs with soldiers (traditionally, a boiled egg with toast strips), and a strawberries and creme egg. Reservations filled up immediately.
11. Fans Also Use The Eggs As Key Ingredients For Some Crazy Dishes.
Every year during Cadbury Creme Egg Season (A.K.A. Easter), fans of the chocolates whip up some crazy dishes featuring the sacred ingredient. Past fan concoctions have included savory and sweet options, like Cadbury Creme Egg pizza, Cadbury Egg Foo Young, and Cadbury Eggs Benny.
12. Even McDonald’s Is Obsessed With Them.
Back in 2013, McD’s revealed its creme-egg love by creating what was perhaps the most amazing food mashup to ever grace our palates — a Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry. Yes, you read that right. Unfortunately, the amazing creation was only available in Canada, England, and Ireland.
13. You Can Get Them Oreo-Style.
The traditional creme eggs are filled with, well, creme, but you can also get caramel or chocolate creme-filled eggs from Cadbury. However, perhaps the most incredible iteration of the creme egg to date is the Oreo Cadbury Creme Egg. People are so excited about the prospect of Oreos and Cadbury becoming one that one UK man came out of the woodwork to claim glorious idea as his and well, he’s got the Tweets to prove it. Luckily, he seems to just be in it for the fame and isn’t looking to cash in on what would likely be a huge payday.
14. There’s Also Some Lesser Known Flavors.
According to the All-Knowing-Internet, some lucky inhabitants of the world have seen the likes of Cadbury Orange Creme Eggs and Cadbury Mint Creme Eggs. There’s even rumors of berry creme egg sightings in Australia, but we couldn’t find any proof to back them up.
15. They Can Make Great Espresso Cups.
The hottest thing to come out of Australia is the eggspresso. Back in March 2016, Aussies wowed us with this genius creation which is basically a shot of espresso poured into a hollowed cadbury egg. We loved the idea so much that we kicked it up a notch and used a Cadbury caramel cream egg instead, and yes, it was amazing.
17. Sorry, But They’re Not Healthy At All.
We all understand that a fondant-filled chocolate egg is not the most nutritional thing you can eat, but you probably didn’t know that one egg actually contains all the sugar you should eat in one day. According to the American Heart Association, the recommended sugar limit per day is 36 grams for men and 25 grams for women, and at 26.5 grams of sugar per egg, just one of these babies will put you right at your limit.
18. Everyone Has A Different Way To Eat Them.
Back in 1985, Cadbury launched an ad campaign that asked consumers “How do you eat yours?” According to the company, there are two ways to consume the treat: “eggs and soldiers” (i.e. eating it like a soft boiled egg and scooping the fondant out) or “bite and lick”. A survey by the company revealed that 53 percent of people bite off the top of the egg, suck out the creme and then finish the chocolate, 20 percent bite straight through, and only 6 percent use a finger to scoop out the creme. So, how do you eat your eggs?