11 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Easter

Many of us understand the spiritual and religious significance of Easter, but this holiday is also second only to Halloween for candy consumption. With that in mind, here are a few fun facts you might not know about the secular side of the Easter holiday.


  1. The tallest chocolate Easter egg was made in 2011 in Italy. It stood about 34 feet tall and weighed almost eight tons.
  2. Americans buy more than 700 marshmallow Peeps during Easter each year.
  3. We also eat more than 16 million jelly beans, too.
  4. The ears of the chocolate bunny are the most popular part to eat first with 76 percent of people starting there.
  5. Over $14 billion is spent during Easter.
  6. The largest Easter egg hunt had over 9,700 children and half a million hidden Easter eggs. It was held in 2007 in Winterhaven, Florida.
  7. Cadbury, the makers of the famous Cadbury Creme Egg, produce over 1.5 million of these eggs each year.
  8. The Easter Bunny part of our Easter tradition came to the U.S. in the 18th century. It originated in Europe where it was known as the Easter Hare.
  9. Jelly beans were first made by a Boston candymaker who urged people to buy them and send them to soldiers fighting in the Civil War.
  10. The famous Easter Egg Roll on the front lawn of the White House began in 1878 by President Rutherford B. Hayes.
  11. Over 90 million chocolate bunnies are produced each year for Easter.


What’s your favorite Easter candy? Chocolate eggs or bunnies, Peeps, jelly beans or something else?


Looking for an Easter event to attend on the Emerald Coast this weekend? Here are a few options for you:


Easter Egg Glow Hunt in Fort Walton Beach – April 13

Kids Easter Crafts at Destin Library – April 14

Destin City Easter Egg Hunt – April 15

Easter in the Park (Crestview) – April 15

Easter Bunny Brunch and Easter Bunny Visit at Emerald Grande – April 16

Easter on the Solaris – April 16

Easter Egg Hunt at LuLu’s – April 16


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