Cadbury Easter Creme Eggs Linked to Gloomy Mood?

I’m feeling slightly depressed lately.  Sad, blue, listless, just not myself.  I even had messy hair yesterday.  Well, it wasn’t really messy so much as slightly unusual.  Why all the sadness you ask?  It’s the time of year.  The sun is shining, flowers are pushing through the soil, the days are longer and the cherry trees will soon be blossoming.  It’s just awful.

This pining and feeling of solitude crashes down on me every year at this time.   You see … when I was in a relationship the one thing I could count on – other than someone staring at their phone while I talked to them – was GETTING AN EASTER CREME EGG.

Now?  Nothing.  Every year without fail, my ex-boyfriend doesn’t bring me an Easter Creme Egg.  When we lived together at this time of year he used to bring me home an Easter Creme Egg or two and pop them out of his pocket while we were watching television at night.

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

At this point you’re thinking, suck it up honey, and go buy yourself an Easter Creme egg.  And now that I type it out, I realize that’s exactly what I should do. I could even successfully surprise myself with it while watching television.  I know I could, I’m very sneaky.

O.K., well now that that’s settled I’m feeling much better about everything.  So.

The Cadbury Creme Egg.

What IS it we love about it so much?  And what happened 3 years ago that sent people screaming in the streets in a Cadbury Easter Creme Egg revolt?!  All that and more coming up …

The Easter 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 in it 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 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.

  • Between 350 and 400 secret WHITE chocolate Easter Creme Eggs went on sale in the UK in 2018. They’re wrapped in the same foil as the milk chocolate ones so buyers have NO idea if they’re getting one until they unwrap it.  EACH white chocolate Easter Creme Egg comes 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.

 

Now, I have to strap on my roller skates and find myself a variety store.

Have a good weekend!

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62 Comments

  1. Anj says:

    I love Easter Creme eggs. I am guilty of slowly eating a 745 gram bag of Mini Easter eggs – Easter Creme Eggs, Cadbury Eggs, and Cadbury Chocolate Eggs. I am hoping to make it last until Easter. I have no problem buying my own Easter Creme Eggs.

    • Karen says:

      I suppose I could buy my own. But that just takes the magic out of them for me. Kind of like hiding your own chocolate eggs every Easter morning. I mean … I do it, but … the magic is gone. ~ karen!

      • Miriam Mc Nally says:

        As Easter falls this year on April Fools Day, you could organise an egg hunt for eggs you haven’t hidden!

  2. Jules says:

    My local peregrine is winging this over to you as you read. She’s pretty fast I’ve heard. This is the only type she’s laying so far, the little fecker. Running way late with the proper ones, y’know, the type you can fry.

  3. Luanne says:

    I certainly didn’t expect to hear Back In The New York Groove as the theme song!! 😁

  4. Maggie Andrew says:

    A fish and chip shop near my hometown in Yorkshire, England had “Deep fried Cadbury’s creme eggs” advertised , I asked the owner what they were like and he replied “A bit sickly!!” Enjoy yours.

  5. Thera says:

    Always hated these, so glad they’ve come out with caramel eggs!

  6. Heidi Lee says:

    I loved loved the detailed info about the C. Creme egg. Glad ours are foil wrapped still and slightly smaller…..
    I recommend the Kinder Joy eggs. Comes with a toy surprise and chocolate ganash with a tiny spoon to savor it with. And who doesn’t need a surprise!

  7. Karen Ulric says:

    Heading to London a few days before Easter – will have to try the original UK version.

  8. Lori Hope says:

    I’m thinking you could hide them in the couch, and surprise yourself that way?

  9. Paula says:

    Wow – I remember that commercial! I always loved those thigh-high legwarmers…

    Cadbury Easter Creme Eggs (as we always called them because of that exact commercial), were part of my childhood and to this day (multi-decades later), I still love them. I used to save the foil wrappers so I’m gonna rummage around and see if I still have a few from the ’70s!

    Now go git yerself a dang Creme Egg, Karen!

  10. Kimberly M. says:

    I have to eat at least one each year, or life isn’t complete. I always have to check through the big display box for one that doesn’t look unwrapped in any way because that foil is flimsy… and I try not to think about the potential for foul play 😆. Maybe I should buy them in the 3 pack… but then I’d have to eat all 3, and it would all happen within 30 minutes… and then I would feel ashamed… so I don’t think I’ll be doing that.

    • Nicole says:

      Here in the States the three pack is now a four pack. Or maybe it always was, and I never noticed when I immigrated.

  11. Lesley on the Mountain says:

    I love being able to go to one of the many British-import stores here, and buying a proper Creme egg made in the UK. Our Canadian ones are pretty good too, way better than the ones you can buy in the US. I made the mistake one year, of buying my kids their Easter chocolate in the States, and they were SO annoyed with me; it’s just grittier or something. Anyway, get out to King’s Cross, there on King St. Karen, and buy yourself a ‘proper’ Cadbury egg 🙂

  12. Melissaa says:

    That ad! LOL.

    I used to love Whispas and Lion Bars (Nestle), but neither tastes like they used to (at least the last time I tried them, which was probably five years ago on the Whispa and 15 on the latter).

    I have kids who usually find a creme egg in their Easter basket ^_^

  13. Brenda says:

    I hate commercials in general. But every year around this time, Cadbury pulls out their Cadbury bunny tryouts commercial and I giggle. 20+ years they’ve been airing this gem (if you believe some of the info on youtube). Who doesn’t love a whole bunch of non-chickens trying to cluck like one?!!

    • Marjorie Kramer says:

      Yes! So clever. Still won’t eat them, despite the cute commercial and Karen’s glowing testimonial. Hope everyone finds some joy this season!

    • Stephbo says:

      I can guarantee they’ve been airing them 20+ years because my bff and I have a long running joke that she’s the Cadbury Bunny. We’ve been getting each other with “Bok! Bok!” since I was in college.

  14. Bonnie Harris says:

    Love them, but I love our home made chocolate covered cream eggs even more. It’s a recipe my family has been making since forever (since Condensed Milk was a thing probably). Here’s a link to it in my online family cookbook. Children love to make them, they’re that easy, and you can decorate them so they are also Eastery and beautiful. https://sleepyheadbon.weebly.com/easter-eggs.html

    • Catherine says:

      Do you really use paraffin wax? Is there a substitute?

      • Mary W says:

        I had a friend that used wax in her choc covered peanut butter balls. They were good but I couldn’t get past the wax. I made with without and there was no difference. They probably would melt in your fingers easier but they don’t stay in my fingers long enough!

      • Bonnie Harris says:

        I know what you mean. I have made them without wax and they’re just as good, maybe not quite as shiny. It must have been something people didn’t worry about in my grandmother’s day.

  15. jeanne says:

    Doh!
    Now I have to go buy one…

  16. Yabut says:

    Horrible things, but I know someone who is addicted. He’s also alone and blue so maybe you’re right.

  17. Ev Wilcox says:

    This savory girl can only stand one of thee sweet bombs a year! Since everyone else here liked them, they were/are a part of the Easter baskety theme. So I would freeze mine, and cut it in slices so I wouldn’t have a partial, sticky, oozing thing left over! My eldest will be here for Easter, so I will get some for him, and not much else! My husband of 51 years is now diabetic and sliding into dementia, and will not stay away from forbidden stuff, so we just can’t have it around. I remember getting three baskets ready before I went to bed, and the kids’ delight in the morning. Now we have just some fruit, as always, and no candy. Sigh….

  18. LibrarianNancy says:

    Not a Creme Egg lover. Too sweet for me, although I do think the clucking non-bunny commerical is cute. But show me a Reese’s PB and chocolate egg…

  19. meg says:

    Hahah oh, Cadbury eggs. I remember distinctly eating twelve of them one year *before* Easter morning breakfast when I was a kid once. (I was really disappointed later when I realized I didn’t have very many more of them in my basket….hahah.) I really wish I still had that metabolism….because I have NO qualms about driving to the store and buying myself a pound of them to eat! (I’d send you some from the US but it’d be a little sketchy to receive food merely wrapped in foil from a stranger on the internet.)

  20. erin says:

    I like Cadbury eggs, which is surprising because I only really like dark chocolate ( I wish that they came in Dark chocolate, but I’m sure people would complain about another version ), but what I really like are Laura Secord eggs. They now make fake Cadbury eggs ( they are crap ) , but their box of mini eggs ( not same as mini Cadbury eggs ) are the perfect size. If you can’t trust yourself with a whole box ( maybe 10? ), then throw them in the bottom/back of your freezer and forget about them ( lol ) , or buy a box and share with family and friends.

    • Jennifer says:

      I second the vote for Laura Secord Eggs. Especially the ones with peanut butter and nuts! I used to get one in my Easter Basket and then, when I was “too old” for a basket my mom would still give me the Laura Secord Egg right up until I was in my twenties!

    • Lez says:

      I’m SO with you Erin, & really surprised there weren’t more comments saying they wish they made them in Dark chocolate as well! So much less sweet!
      I miss the chick on the wrapper, & they definitely have shrunk!
      I simply can’t believe a progressive, first world country like Canada, now puts them in plastic UFO’s! Our poor oceans…
      I also wonder whether anyone else always licked out all the creme first?! 🙂

  21. Kat says:

    I cannot stand these eggs, and would trade them for a Hershey egg probably. I even like jelly beans (omg, the choices there, from our local Jelly Belly to traditional Brach). But my totally obnoxious yet adored Peeps! How I adore you, and have taken packages around the world at Valentine’s Day to share with family.
    Now, if you are ever in California, or even at a kiosk at a US airport, try a See’s filled egg. You will have a response suitable for your living room, but not the airport lounge!

  22. Lianne says:

    You are right about literally everyone in Canada hating the plastic wrap. I haven’t bought one since they changed from the foil. The whole drugstore chocolate scene has been ruined for me since they stopped wrapping bars in foil. Kit Kats, Aeros – meant to be foil wrapped with a paper sleeve. Plastic ruins the taste. Did I mention I’m a cheap chocolate bar sommelier?

  23. NanaMadeline says:

    True–Cadbury eggs are great. But–the Laura Secord ones that we used to get were not as coma-inducing sweet. We used to slice ours up and make it last as looong as possible.

  24. I used to love Easter Creme Eggs but I have to admit I think my taste in chocolate has become more sophisticated over the years and I haven’t bought them in a few years. I also really hate the new packaging too, it really takes away from the nostalgia.

  25. Nicole says:

    Does McDonald’s in Canada still offer the Easter Creme McFlurry? They don’t offer it in the States (or at least not in New England) and any time I’m visiting home around Easter, I’d make someone take me through the drive thru just to get one. It was almost too sweet. Super decadent and unredeemably bad for you.

  26. Bonnie G says:

    I have never tried a Cadbury Egg but I love the commercial with the bunny that meows!!

  27. Leisa Daly says:

    Sweet story…I wouldnt buy my own either. Also, as everyone knows, “gift” chocolate has less calories 😉

  28. Melissa says:

    I love these, I have since childhood, and I cannot be trusted around them because I will keep eating them until I am sick. The small versions will not do; it must be a chicken-egg-sized, sticky-foil-wrapped Cadbury Creme Egg. I’m really glad they are only a seasonal item or I’d probably eat myself into a sugar coma.

  29. Marilyn says:

    They are horrible

  30. Renee Ryz says:

    Yep that commercial has been around for closer to 32 years. Fond memories of my daughter being about 2 years old, that commercial came out and when you would ask her “What does the Easter Bunny say?” she would respond “bawk bawk bawk” Still makes me a bit teary every year. She loves the mini eggs. One time I could swear I found the big ones with chocolate creme inside. Unless it is only wishful thinking…

  31. Paula says:

    Canadian, and yep, I hate the packaging.

  32. Julie says:

    I do not like the new packaging either. I’m sure somewhere it saved a few pennies somewhere. :/

  33. Heather says:

    Too funny! My husband heard the intro music from 70’s ad and called from another room, “Is that the ad with the girl on the roller skates?” LOL! At the time, it must have made quite an impression on his adolescent brain. That said, neither of us are fans of Cadbury’s creme egg. No doubt, you’ll figure out how to make your own from scratch, Karen, and they’ll be better than the original.

  34. Robyn says:

    Yes I love them too but not as much as I love the Reese’s peanut butter egg. Those are my favorite!

  35. Beckie says:

    I don’t feel like they taste the same these days as they used to. Not sure what the difference is, but I no longer enjoy them.

  36. Debbie D says:

    Sorry, never liked these things. For me it is Robin eggs (malted milk eggs with chocolate and candy coating) or See’s Bordeaux Eggs. Now, THAT is an egg to beat all eggs! Got to go and get me one of those at See’s candies! It isn’t Easter without one! They usually run out before Easter!

  37. Mark Harrison says:

    As Easter Sunday is on the 1st April this year, I’ve suggested to my church that they give out Brussels Sprouts wrapped in silver foil and shout “April Fool”.

    For some reason they’ve suggested I remain upstairs with the choir during the sermon next week rather than helping with the Easter Egg hunt in the churchyard.

  38. Dale Lacina says:

    I’m on a low carb diet, not real strict but avoiding bread. How can I rationalize binging on Cadbury Easter Creme Egg?

  39. Stephbo says:

    I’m thinking that 8.6 seconds record must include 8 seconds of getting the $@&#! foil wrapper off.

    • Dale Lacina says:

      As well as being 0 carbs…we burn off more carb calories taking that $@&#! foil wrapper off than the calories inside. Right!?! That’s our story and sticking to it!!!!

      Let the binge begin!!!

  40. Janelle says:

    I despise that weird plastic cup. I haven’t bought an Easter Creme Egg since they changed the packaging because how dare they go from producing egg-related waste that is a tiny ball of foil to waste that is a whole egg-sized hunk of non-recyclable plastic? Also, the mystery is gone. There used to be suspense when you took the foil off – did a bit of creme mysteriously make it’s way to the outside of the chocolate and glue itself to the inside of the foil, or not? Now it’s just all sterile and hideous. That is all.

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