Easter is a deeply religious holiday which gives Christians a chance to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Given its religious roots, have you ever wondered how it came to be that this holiday has become synonymous with candy? Today’s Easter is a time for chocolate bunnies and marshmallow chicks all nestled in a pretty basket. So how did this come to be? Read this week’s blog to find out!
The history of Easter candy
Easter has its roots in an ancient pagan celebration of the goddess Eostre. She was the goddess of springtime and fertility and, according to lore, she once found a bird that was dying of cold and transformed it into a rabbit so that its fur would keep it warm. However, the bunny continued to lay eggs just like a bird, which it decorated and gave as a gift to the goddess to show his undying love and loyalty. This is why the holiday is associated with rabbits, chicks, and the tradition of dying Easter eggs.
As far as chocolate goes, that’s a newer addition to the Easter holiday tradition. In the 19th century, chocolatiers in Germany and France began manufacturing chocolate eggs, which quickly became hugely popular. The trend soon took over Europe and it was not long before chocolate eggs made an appearance in the United States. In order to receive chocolate Easter eggs, children were instructed to make baskets or nests so that the Easter Bunny could fill them with sweet treats. Chocolate eggs also became a popular Easter treat because many modern-day Christians give up chocolate for Lent and are eager to eat it on Easter once the fasting period is over.
Visit Wockenfuss to build the perfect Easter basket
At Wockenfuss Candies, we have a wide variety of seasonal and year-round favorites that are perfect to tuck inside an Easter basket. Whether you are looking for gourmet chocolate Easter eggs with delightful fillings, solid chocolate bunnies, or colorful jellybeans to round out your basket, Wockenfuss Candies is your one-stop-shop for Easter treats! Don’t have time to build your own Easter basket? Our Easter Nest gift box is the perfect solution and is filled with our most popular seasonal offerings.
If you’re planning your happy day and considering a dessert bar, stop by Wockenfuss to get started on your planning. If you have any questions about our sweets, please contact Wockenfuss Candies: call 1-800-296-4414 or email info@Wockenfusscandies.com. When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest!