With Easter just one week away – and with 6 select retailers carrying our GIANT 1-1/4 lb. Chocolate Easter Egg Truffles – it feels appropriate to give a little history on the emergence of the Easter Egg tradition.
Eggs have often been associated, not surprisingly, with birth. Easter of course is a Christian holiday celebrating the re-birth of Christ. Interestingly enough, coloring eggs dates back 2,500 years with a tribe in Africa who painted the eggs for their Pegan New Year celebration, which occurred in the spring.
Over the centuries the egg has remained a symbol of Easter & rebirth – with different cultures throughout the world using the egg in many different ways. In the US, we have the Easter Egg hunt where children win prizes for collecting hidden eggs; and in parts of Europe, a game called Egg Tapping or Egg Dumping is played where participants try to break each other’s eggs with their own eggs. Eastern Europeans gave the White House the idea of Egg Rolling, which is played by children rolling their eggs down a hillside, or on the White House lawn. This is said to have symbolized the rock in front of Christ’s tomb being rolled away upon the resurrection.
Anyone familiar with Lent – the six weeks leading up to Easter – knows that it is common to fast or give something up in preparation for Easter. Eggs as a traditional Easter food emerged because it was tradition to give up meat and eggs during the period of Lent.
So what about the chocolate Easter Egg? This tradition dates back to the 19th century in France and Germany, where it was common to give out small, solid, bitter chocolate eggs at Easter time. The idea spread to England where the first mass-produced chocolate egg was created.
And here at Barkeater Chocolates, our eggs simply grew from the largest chocolate chickens around! Easter is not only a time of rebirth, but one of sharing and family traditions as well. And the Giant Chocolate Easter Egg truffle is helping maintain family traditions.
Order your Egg online until April 3 or visit Hudson River Trading Company in their North Creek or Queensbury stores, Cafe Sarah in North Creek, Young’s Pharmacy in Averill Park, The Jonesville Store in Clifton Park, Chatham Flowers & Gifts in Chatham or the Ansel Gurney House in Marion, Massachusetts for your delicious taste of Easter tradition!