Perhaps this is heathenish of me, but as far as holiday traditions go, I’ve never been the biggest fan of Easter. I don’t like ham, the Easter Bunny is a big creep, and jelly beans and Jordan almonds are generally subpar.
The one indisputably fun element of Easter, however, is the Easter egg hunt. As a kid, my cousins and I absolutely loved searching for the little chocolate eggs my grandmother would place around her house for us, and when we got a little older, we delighted in finding the most nightmarishly difficult places to hide eggs for the younger cousins. Many of these eggs were never discovered and years later you might still stumble upon a very chalky and dried out chocolate egg under a lamp or behind a random book in the library.
Of course, you can use pretty much anything as the eggs in your easter egg hunt—real chicken eggs, little balloons, brightly colored plastic eggs filled with the aforementioned jelly beans and Jordan almonds—but there’s nothing more classic than the absolute King of Easter Candies: the Cadbury Egg. But what is a Cadbury Egg exactly? Let the hunt begin!
Let’s start with the basics: a Cadbury Creme egg is a small chocolate confection wrapped in foil that is particularly popular around Easter. Like a real egg, there is a “shell” (it’s made of chocolate) and a yellow-y “yolk” inside. Now, what is the filling in a Cadbury Egg? The answer is fondant, which, for those baking illiterate among us, is a solidified frosting made from sugar, egg whites, and syrups. It is dyed yellow to look more yolk-like.
Are Cadbury Eggs gluten free?
The answer is that while they’re not marketed as an officially gluten free food, there are no gluten-filled ingredients listed so Celiac.com says they’re probably okay.
Who makes Cadbury Eggs?
It’s slightly thornier than you might think. Cadbury Creme Eggs were first made by the Cadbury Company in the U.K. in 1963. Originally marketed under the name Fry’s Creme Eggs, they changed to the now iconic moniker in 1971. To this day, if you live in England, Cadbury makes Cadbury Eggs. Simple enough. However, if you are in the U.S., Hershey’s, that omnipresent state-side chocolatier, manufactures and distributes the eggs. This can lead to a slightly different size and flavor between the two varieties, though both are very popular.
What Cadbury Creme Egg flavors exist?
There are an impressive number of Cadbury Egg varieties, including Caramel Eggs, Chocolate Creme Eggs, and the sadly discontinued Screme Eggs for Halloween.
In closing, it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t share the most enjoyable thing I discovered in my research: Among the many slogans the Cadbury Company used to sell their eggs over the years were the gems “Licky Sticky Happy” and “Unleash The Goo.”
So, until next time, hope you have a licky sticky happy holiday and unleash the goo in your own way.