Now that we’ve eaten them all up: Everything you need to know about Easter eggs | cooking and eating

Stores are now filled with Easter eggs. How healthy is this chocolate candy and what are the most popular flavors?

How many Easter eggs do we eat each year?
It’s a fairly old study, but according to a 2017 study by department store chain Hema of 1,051 Dutch people over the age of 18, we eat an average of 47 Easter eggs in the period around Easter. Although the chance of eating more of them is much greater. “Because they all have different colors and different tastes, you really want to taste all the colors, so you eat more of them,” explains Jaap Seidl, professor of nutrition and health at the University of Amsterdam. “Easter eggs are also very tempting, as they are small snacks that you can easily eat in between. Add to that the fact that many workplaces and people’s homes have a bowl full and you realize people eat a lot of them.”


Since they all have different colors and different taste, you really want to taste all the colors, so eat more of them

Jaap Seidl, Professor of Nutrition and Health at the University of Amsterdam

What is the egg that contains the largest amount of calories?
Dark chocolate is the healthiest. A dark chocolate Easter egg – on average 7 to 8 grams – contains about 40 calories. That’s 45 calories for a milk chocolate egg, just like the white version. Easter eggs with praline filling or ‘worst’ nuts, average 52 calories. An egg liqueur contains 37 calories. By comparison, a can of French fries with mayonnaise contains 1,100 calories, and an apple contains 60. A quick calculation shows that you quickly have to eat 150 Easter eggs (or just under 7,000 extra calories) to gain one kilogram. One or two dark chocolate eggs per day is considered healthy “due to the good nutrients” and “the beneficial effect on cardiovascular disease.” But as with everything else, eat in moderation.

What is the most popular flavor?
Milk, white and dark flavors remain the most popular. According to Hema, young people often turn to milk and white chocolate. Older people often choose fondant. At chocolatier Valentino, they note that pralines — which contain 50 percent hazelnuts — sell the fastest. It sounds like “because kids love it too”. Milk, white and dark are still Albert Heijn’s most popular flavors (in that order). In addition, the share of mixed bag eggs has grown strongly in recent years, the spokesperson said. “At number four and five, we have Easter egg praline and caramel sea salt which are gaining in popularity.

In the Hema survey, 64 percent said they are open to different tastes. Hema is selling three new varieties this year: one with a chocolate sprinkle, a vegan type, and a very special one: milk with sour mat and crunchy sugar. According to the department store, “the perfect combination of fresh acidity, deliciously sweet cream, and an explosion of sensation in the mouth.” Jumbo also has three new flavors: Caramel Milk Biscuits, White Macaroon and Milk Biscuits. Jumbo wrote about this on the site: “Try to stay away from that.”

How do you choose the right egg?
Each Easter egg has its own color, but not all brands match those colors. Dark chocolate is usually wrapped in red paper (but sometimes also dark blue paper), milk chocolate eggs are wrapped in blue, whites are often yellow, and praline eggs are usually wrapped in purple. Although some supermarkets use their own color code to make the selection more interesting.

What is the best way to store chocolate eggs?
Chocolate is best kept at a constant temperature. Ideally, the temperature is between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius. Do not store Easter eggs in the refrigerator, but in a cool, dark place and in a closed box, because chocolate quickly absorbs odors. If the chocolate turns white, you have been exposed to too much temperature fluctuations. The chocolate gets too warm at first, which causes the cocoa butter to melt. When the chocolate cools again, the butter hardens and crystallizes. Those crystals put a white haze on things. Chocolate may seem less “fresh,” but it’s still edible. Dark chocolate or fondant can be stored longer than white or milk chocolate – up to a year and a half.

What is the size of the largest Easter egg in the world?
No less than 7500 kilograms heavy, 8.5 meters high and 6 meters wide. This is the size of the largest Easter egg in the world. Or better: it was. Because this giant chocolate was finally eaten by 50,000 Argentine gourmets in 2015, after 27 bakeries worked non-stop for two weeks to make enough chocolate. The Belgians also once called the nickname. It happened in 2005. Workers glued 200,000 chocolate cubes onto a wooden skeleton for 525 hours at St Niklas Market.

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