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Easter Fun Facts: 700 Million Peeps to Be Eaten on Easter

Eat the ears first, save the red jelly beans for the kids and don't forget the Peeps!

 

Easter is here, Coventry! Here are some fun facts to celebrate.

  • What did you say? When taking a bite into a chocolate bunny, 76 percent of Americans prefer to bite off the ears first.
  • More than 16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter. If you lined them all side-by-side, they would circle the Earth nearly three times. It's also enough to completely fill a nine-story office building. 
  • An Egg-cellent gesture. To help Americans in need, egg farmers across the country are donating more than 11 million eggs to food banks across the nation.
  • Not cooking this Easter? You are not alone. According to the National Restaurant Association, more than 33 million Americans are expected to celebrate the Easter holiday by dining out.
  • Bunny Bonanza! Ninety million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter each year. Adults prefer milk chocolate (65%) over dark chocolate (27%).
  • Bean Business. Children's favorite flavors are cherry (20%), strawberry (12%), grape (10%), lime (7%), and blueberry (6%).
  • Marshmallow Madness! This Easter, more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps, chicks, bunnies and eggs will be consumed, making them the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy. The company manufactures 4.2 million Marshmallow yummies a day. The most popular color is yellow,  followed by pink, lavender, blue, and white.
  • Now's the time to take advantage of your kids. Candy rules...and 75 percent of kids report they are willing to do extra chores for more Easter candy.
  • That's a lot of candy! Americans spend an average of $1.9 billion on Easter candy every year.
  • Give it Up. The 10 most popular things gave up for lent include alcohol, chocolate and sweets, cursing,  Facebook, television, junk food, pop, smoking, texting and gossiping.
  • Really? You know those wire egg dippers that come in the egg coloring kits (and never work)? If you lay all of them from end-to-end, they would equal the height of 6,628 Washington Monuments.
  • All in a day's work. It takes 24-26 hours for a hen to complete the process of laying an egg.  And, South American Ameraucana and Araucan chickens can lay colored eggs in hues of green, blue, or pink.
laurie barbara April 08, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Be careful about your pet eating chocolate today~!!! http://www.webvet.com/main/2012/04/08/my-dog-ate-chocolate-3-things-know
Coventry Jane April 08, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Good tip, Laurie! It's a very serious thing to pay attention to.

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