The History of the Easter Egg

The History of the Easter Egg

In the Christian calendar, Easter is one of the most important events as it commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Celebrated around the world by millions of people, it's a huge celebration.

Once Easter is nearing, there is one thing that starts to appear on the shelves in the shop - Easter Eggs. These chocolate treats are one of the most recognisable symbols associated with Easter and they are gifted all around the world, including in Easter Hampers.


But have you ever wondered about the origins of this popular symbol? Let's take a closer look at the history of the Easter egg.

The Origins of the Easter Egg

In many religions around the world, eggs have been a symbol of new life and rebirth for many years. Ancient cultures, including the Persians, Egyptians and Greeks used eggs in their spring festivals to represent the arrival of a new season and the promise of new life. To honour the return of the sun and the renewal of nature, these eggs would be decorated with vibrant colours and designs.

The egg is a symbol of new life and the rebirth of Jesus. In Christian belief, Jesus was crucified and buried in a tomb, but on the third day (Easter Sunday) he rose from the dead and emerged from his tomb. The egg came to symbolise new life and the hope that this resurrection bought into the world.

Today, the modern chocolate Easter egg is still a popular symbol of this holiday and is used in many Easter celebrations.

The Easter Egg in Christian Tradition

Easter Eggs

The use of eggs in Christian traditions can be traced back to the early Christian church. During Lent, the forty day period of fasting and reflection leading up to Easter, Christians were not allowed to eat eggs, meat, or dairy products. As a result, chicken eggs were often boiled and decorated as a way of preserving them until Easter Sunday, when these hard boiled eggs could once again be eaten.

Over time, the decoration of Easter eggs became more elaborate and creative, with people using a variety of materials, including paint, dyes, and even precious metals, to adorn their eggs. In some parts of Europe, eggs were even carved into intricate shapes and scenes, such as scenes from the Bible.

In many cultures, it is custom to exchange a chocolate eggs during this season and there are many other Easter inspired sweet treats too - such as chocolate Easter bunnies or a Huge XL Sweet & Chocolate Hamper. People may also exchange decorated eggs as a gift to show love, friendship and good luck.

The First Chocolate Easter Egg

More recently, a new tradition of chocolate Easter eggs has emerged. This idea is likely to have come about in the early 19th century in Europe.
In France and Germany, the early chocolate Easter egg was solid and made from dark chocolate. They were molded to resemble real eggs and were decorated with intricate designs.

In the late 19th century, there was a development of new chocolate making techniques and the chocolate Easter Egg became much more popular. Eggs were hollowed out and it was more affordable to produce them.

In 1875, Cadbury produced its first Easter eggs, which were made from dark chocolate and filled with sugared almonds. These eggs were an immediate success and helped to popularise the tradition of giving chocolate eggs during the Easter season in the UK.

Over time, chocolate Easter eggs have become a staple of the holiday in many parts of the world. They come in various sizes, flavours, and designs, ranging from small, individually wrapped eggs to large, elaborately decorated ones. Today, chocolate Easter eggs are enjoyed by people of all ages as part of this religious holiday.

Easter Egg Hunts

Easter Egg Hunt

During the Easter holiday, Easter egg hunts are a popular tradition, especially for children. The origins of Easter egg hunts are not entirely clear, but they likely stem from a combination of pagan and Christian traditions.

In pagan cultures, such as those in Europe, eggs were associated with fertility and rebirth, and the custom of hiding and finding eggs during springtime celebrations may have existed for centuries.

In Christian tradition, Easter egg hunts may have originated from the custom of decorating and colouring egg shells to symbolise the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As the tradition of giving decorated eggs at Easter became more widespread, it's possible that the practice of hiding and finding eggs evolved naturally.

Today, Easter egg hunts are organised events held in parks, gardens, churches, schools, and private homes around the world. Plastic eggs filled with sweets, chocolates, or small toys are often used for these hunts.

The Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny is a folkloric figure and symbol of Easter, typically depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs. It is believed to have originated from German folklore.

The Easter Bunny is often associated with the tradition of Easter egg hunts, where children search for hidden eggs that the Easter Bunny has supposedly left behind. In many cultures, the Easter Bunny is also associated with the arrival of spring and fertility, as rabbits are known for their prolific breeding.

Today, the Easter Bunny is a popular symbol of Easter in many parts of the world, particularly in Western countries, where it is often depicted as a friendly and playful character bringing joy and treats to children during the Christian Easter season.

The Easter egg is a symbol that has been cherished for centuries, representing the hope and joy of new life and rebirth. From its pagan roots as a symbol of spring to its use in Christian celebrations as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Easter egg has remained a beloved and enduring part of the Easter holiday.

Whether you are decorating eggs with your family or enjoying a chocolate Easter egg, the Easter egg is sure to continue to bring joy and happiness to people around the world for many years to come.