Fun Facts about Cadbury Eggs (One is Truly Alarming)

The Cadbury Easter Creme egg has had more of an impact on my psyche than the time I got a spiral perm. That story, plus an alarming fact about this tasty treat.

Is this the kind of Easter morning breakfast you indulge in? No? Me neither. But this scene doesn’t even come CLOSE to a truly alarming Easter Creme Egg fact. ( Skip right to the facts.)


I used to feel “off” every time March marched around.  Irritable, listless, just not myself.  Why all the melancholy you ask?  It was the time of year.  Spring was in the air, the sun was shining, the days were longer and flowers were gathering the strength to burst through the soil.  It was just awful.

This feeling of emptiness crashed down on me every year because I had no one to buy me … an Cadbury Creme Egg. Some women want diamonds. I want an inexpensive chocolatey treat I could easily buy myself.

But that wasn’t the point. I wanted someone to BUY IT FOR ME. 

When I was young my father would give me an Easter Creme Egg (and weirdly, several sticks of hot pepperoni) every Easter.  After that my boyfriend took over the Creme Egg duty and a couple of times prior to Easter he’d pop a couple out of his pocket while we were watching television at night.

It is the only Easter decoration I’ve ever loved.

After 7 long years of being stubborn, this year I decided to suck it up honey and I bought my own Cadbury Creme Egg.   But in keeping with the surprise aspect of it, I tucked  them (yes more than one) away in a drawer to forget about until I remembered them. 

I’m sneaky like that. Combined with my perimenopausal forgetfulness I KNEW I’d be able to surprise myself.

And I did.

For anyone new around here I can assure you that I am, generally speaking, quite independant. For instance, I buy my own toilet paper, dish soap, gas, and drill presses.

There was just something about not having someone to buy me that Easter Creme Egg that bothered me. Now it doesn’t bother me at all. Now what bothers me is I’ve realized I can in fact buy my own. On account of this I’ve eaten 14 Easter Creme Eggs this year.

I fear if I don’t find a new boyfriend or father soon that children will start poking me with sticks just to watch me ooze fondant. 

 

FACTS ABOUT THE CADBURY CREME EGG

What IS it we love about it so much?  And what happened 5 years ago that sent people screaming in the streets in a Cadbury Easter Creme Egg revolt?!  All that and more coming up …

The Cadbury Creme Egg is probably a lot older than you think it is. Not the one you bought at the variety store last week (although to be honest with you if the filling is solid I don’t like your chances of it being certified fresh) but the Cadbury Creme Egg in general.

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  • The Easter Creme Egg was first introduced in 1963, but it was called a Fry’s Creme Egg.
  • In 1971 it was renamed as The Cadbury’s Creme Egg.

  • The Cadbury Egg’s filling is a version of fondant.
  • There is a world record for the fastest eating of a Creme Egg.  8.6 seconds for a single egg. Doesn’t seem all that impressive to me.
  • The foil packaging used to have a chick on it and was green, blue, red and yellow.  Now the foil has no chick and is the colours used are purple, red and yellow.

  • In Canada the Creme Egg is no longer packaged in the iconic foil, but rather in a stupid plastic shell which literally every single person in Canada hates.

  • There is an elusive WHITE CHOCOLATE Easter Creme Egg.  It went on sale in the UK in 2018 and then again in 2019. The catch? They were wrapped in the same foil as the milk chocolate ones so buyers had NO idea if they’re getting the rare white chocolate egg until they unwrapped it.  ALL white chocolate Cadbury Eggs came with a minimum prize of $100 British Pounds.
  • A single egg has 150 calories.
  • How long do you have to exercise to burn off those calories?  Pftt. Who cares.
  • THEY ARE SHRINKING.  In the UK where they originated the Creme Egg is actually 1 gram heavier than they were in the past but in Canada and the US the Easter Creme eggs have shrunk from 39 grams to 34 grams over the years.
  • 2015 was the year of the great Cadbury Creme Egg debacle.  The company announced it changed from using Dairy Milk to using Cocoa mix chocolate in their eggs.  The world went wild with anger, people crying and screaming in the streets, ultimately boycotting the product in disgust. Creme Egg sales dropped by 12 million dollars that year.   ……. What Cadbury didn’t mention was the product was always made from a Cocoa mix chocolate. They had only tried the Dairy Milk for a while before realizing the more expensive product didn’t make their eggs any better.
  • It is “Creme” egg.  Not “Cream” egg.

But MOST alarming is this one Cadbury Easter Creme Egg fact.

In April of 2019, this hit the shelves in the UK. If you have children in the room  you might want to send them out for this next bit.

That’s right. It’s Heinz Easter Creme Egg flavoured mayonnaise.  In other words, tangy, creamy mayonnaise that has a sickeningly chocolate and fondant spin to it. 

The alarm this caused in the UK when it was introduced in 2019 resulted in various people dropping to the ground immediately curled up into the fetal position asking to be nudged when the nightmare was over.

Cadbury eggs in mayo?  

What Are Cadbury Eggs Made Of??

  • The dark brown outer portion of the egg is coyly described as being made of “chocolate-like” ingredients.
  • The filling, is a a combination of a white and a yellow fondant that when placed together looks like an egg yolk and white. The fondant filling is an inverted sugar syrup concoction made by combining fondant with the enzyme invertase. It’s the invertase that makes the centre runny.

 

Who invented the Cadbury Creme Egg?

This is an interesting story. It was the coming together of two companies that resulted in the creme filled egg.

  • Cadbury was started in 1824 when John Cadbury opened up a shop that sold tea, coffee and chocolate (for drinking).
  • In 1847 his competitor, Joseph Fry,  starting making moldable chocolate in the form of bars.
  • This revelation sparked Cadbury to do the same, but it wasn’t until 1875 that Cadbury created the first hollow chocolate egg filled with sugary treats.  But not creme
  • In 1919 Fry and Cadbury merged and in 1923 they introduced the very first creme filled chocolate eggs.
  • In 1963 what you know as the Cadbury Creme Egg was invented (called they Fry’s Creme Egg). In 1971 the name was changed to the Cadbury Creme Egg.

What Exactly

It all brings me back to being a kid in Canada when someone at Hostess not only came up with the idea of Grape flavoured potato chips but convinced the company to make and sell them. 

If I had to guess why the Easter Creme Egg has be so deeply and emotionally ingrained in my psyche I’d have to point to this.

I don’t know how old I would have been exactly when this commercial came out but it would have been young. Maybe 7? I remember being enthralled with how happy everyone in it was. Having fun and wearing ice cream hats and roller skating their hearts out. The idea of the magical Easter Creme Egg representing happiness, fun and being with the people you love was engrained. 

Now this single woman has to strap on her roller skates and find herself a variety store.

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Fun Facts about Cadbury Eggs (One is Truly Alarming)

98 Comments

  1. James says:

    They must have changed the filling recipe now as well. It is Jan 2021 and the filling this year is very runny and white with orange stripes. Nothing at all like the classic thick white with yellow centre.

    My cats won’t play with the plastic shell either :(

  2. sherri says:

    My world of you and geekiness collided tonight. Right after reading your Cadbury comments, I opened my Lifehacker email that urges us to set our Cadbury eggs on fire. Far from the hate I was expecting was this culinary genius: https://skillet.lifehacker.com/you-should-set-a-cadbury-egg-on-fire-1842064191?utm_source=lifehacker_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-03-04 . you are welcome!! :)

  3. Beth W. says:

    I definitely concur with the enraged Cdn part… due to the shrinking size and the stupid plastic cover. Honestly. I’d consider ordering them from abroad if I didn’t live across the street from a Shoppers that insists on putting them out starting February 15th. I also think that 8.6s record is crap. My husband can hoover one in a heck of a lot faster than that.

    And that mayo is truly gross. Now, a nutella-esque spread version I could def. get behind.

  4. Vikki says:

    Cadbury Creme Egg mayo—gak!! Next they’ll put a pickle in the Cadbury Creme Egg. I can’t understand why they mess with something that is working. My favorite though is the caramel filled ones—I always search for those.

  5. Josephine says:

    My mom always made sure I had a Cadbury Creme Egg in my Easter basket! They’re my favorite! As I’ve gotten older, she still gives them to me and now that I’m almost 40 my tastes have changed and I don’t love them as much anymore. But once in a while – every couple of years – I have to indulge in it’s sugary deliciousness. Great memories!

  6. Noreen McKechnie says:

    The absolutely best Cadbury Creme egg is the one broke up and mixed with vanilla ice cream. I believe they are only available infrequently from Foundry ice cream. Made in Dundas!had one and will hold it in my memory forever. Hoping she makes them this year!

  7. Margot Hayes says:

    I am trying so hard to remove plastic from my life that I find the plastic shell on the Canadian Creme Eggs unforgivable. I head to the local Scoop & Save (Bulk Foods) and buy an assorment of smaller eggs (with real chocolate) in caramel, peanut butter, and fondant for about 1/3 of the price. I can ball the tinfoil and, as long as it is clean, recycle it!

  8. Jan in Waterdown says:

    Never mind the revolting eggs, imho, I can’t believe you haven’t found new knobs yet for your cabinet drawers. What have you been doing all winter? Probably sitting around eating bonbons…
    🙄

    • Karen says:

      Ha!!! Yep. Bonbons allllllll winter long. ~ karen!

      • Jan in Waterdown says:

        Knew it. 😏

      • Elaine says:

        I’m just looking for a hack for removing the foil after it bonds with the leaking fondant and becomes a sticky mess that only comes off in tiny bits… And there’s ALWAYS foil left on the egg that gets eaten because I can’t wait any longer. Any ideas?

  9. Treva says:

    When I was a kid, I refused to eat Easter Creme Eggs because I thought it was literally an egg surrounded by chocolate. For real. For years. I wouldn’t even taste it. I was horrified that everyone was eating undercooked egg in chocolate! Then I was brave and tried it. The rest is (sweet) history.

  10. Cindy Courtney says:

    I worked at my kids’ after prom parties in the early 2000s, held in the high school gym. A parent went to local drugstores and gathered the unsold Cadbury creme eggs and piled them into a huge old fashioned wagon, and I mean really huge. Probably 6’ x 4’ x 2’ high, with large wheels so the box was up at chest height, filled to overflowing with Cadbury creme eggs. I’m guessing at least 1000 eggs. Many of which were inadvertently trampled by the end of the night. Welcome to a day at work, janitors.

  11. Gail says:

    The Cadbury Creme Eggs were my favorites until the Cadbury Caramel Eggs were introduced. Now they’re my favorite. Pure decadence! The price of Cadbury candy keeps me from buying too many.

  12. Kathryn Trewin says:

    Our most famous ad for these was in 1985 – the don’t get caught (with egg on your face) campaign…. https://www.thecoast.net.nz/videos/watch-1985-creme-egg-ad/

  13. Darlene says:

    Og I love those eggs. I swore I wasn’t eating any Easter candy this year when I was standing bedside them 2 days ago. I quickly tried to justify those 1/2 caramel eggs of Russel Stovers next to Cadbury.
    Noticed the Cadbury eggs are $1.29 each at a local grocery store here in NS. Gosh I remember when they were 3 in a box for $1.
    Saw them deep fried in pancake batter on Pinterest yesterday.
    It’s 3:15am here and I’m glad cause the stores are closed!
    I’m not eating any…I’m not, I’m not. (Yet).

  14. Deb says:

    But what are your cats supposed to play with now that the foil wrapper is gone? Ours used to come running when they saw us eating a creme egg, because they knew they could have the little ball of foil as a toy.

    • Jane says:

      Ah, those were the days! Haven’t looked at a creme egg in years since the kids are grown and left home. The current cats aren’t into foil-wrapper balls, but a couple in the past went nuts over them. The house was literally swimming in foil balls. They particularly loved those made with Ferrero Rocher wrappers, freshly unwrapped. So we kept adding wrappers on top of “old” balls. Some got to be the size of a golf ball.

  15. Dan says:

    Would be happy to be your boyfriend if you are not too far away. Great looking handyman gal
    is amazing.

    • Paula says:

      That’s not the question, Dan.

      The question is, would you buy her Cadbury Creme Eggs?

      • Dan says:

        Thanks Paula

        That’s a bit too ‘entrepenurial’ but I would if ever met her, at least a
        dozen. It is likely I am a thousand miles away so thought a little humor would be nice.

    • Sam King says:

      I haven’t eaten a creme egg since the Easter of 1989 when I got addicted to them and was eating an average of 14 a day! Put on 2 stone in just over a month! Nothing that serious to worry about, went from severely underweight to a healthy weight. It was the first year I had my own income: all my paper round money went on the things 😂

      • Dan says:

        Great, had some R & R for while, that never hurts. Personally, always have to mindful of weight gain, takes so long to take it off so wish I could do what you did.

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