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)

96 Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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…
    🙄

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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/

  8. 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).

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Stephbo says:

    I’m thinking that 8.6 seconds record must include 8 seconds of getting the [email protected]&#! foil wrapper off.

    • Dale Lacina says:

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

      Let the binge begin!!!

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

    • Susan Claire says:

      I hate those things, too sweet! I agree about the Bordeaux eggs, bee
      n having them for Easter since I was a kid.

  16. 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.

  17. Robyn says:

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

  18. 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.

  19. Julie says:

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

  20. Paula says:

    Canadian, and yep, I hate the packaging.

  21. 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…

  22. Marilyn says:

    They are horrible

  23. 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.

  24. Leisa Daly says:

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

  25. Bonnie G says:

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

  26. 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.

    • Shawna says:

      Yes Nicole they do! Was just in a McDonald’s earlier today and they were advertising the Creme Egg McFlurry. And the Shamrock Shake too :)

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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?

  30. 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!

  31. 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?! :)

    • Mary W says:

      I don’t like milk chocolate and have always wished for a dark choc cadbury. Karen, we challenge you to come up with an Art of Doing Stuff Creme Egg that is dark choc or at least has that aforementioned dark choc ganache inside. KAREN, are you listening?

  32. 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.)

  33. 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…

  34. 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….

  35. Yabut says:

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

  36. jeanne says:

    Doh!
    Now I have to go buy one…

  37. 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.

    • Cottontailfarm says:

      Wow. THANK YOU for sharing! I will be making these for sure!
      P.s. My grandma used paraffin for making sweets too and it didn’t kill a single one of us. Eating too many of these egg candies might not be in my best interest if I want to continue fitting into my pants though.

  38. 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.

  39. 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 ^_^

  40. 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 :)

  41. 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.

  42. 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!

  43. Lori Hope says:

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

  44. Karen Ulric says:

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

  45. 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!

  46. Thera says:

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

  47. 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.

  48. Luanne says:

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

  49. 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.

  50. 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!

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