It’s that time of year again, kittens! It’s not quite Valentine’s Day yet, and St. Paddy’s is a long way off…which means Easter is even further away. But this is AMERICA, so the beginning of February is the PERFECT time to start selling my favorite Easter candy: THE CADBURY CREME EGG!!!!!
I was at Duane Reade today buying some envelopes and they had a box of these delicious babies at the counter and I fell for it. I bought 2 – one for me, one for thu! I must admit, I practically swallowed the thing whole as soon as I left the store…. Let’s take a look at this egg-citing tradition…I’ve been thinking about that creamy little treat all day!
A Brief History: According to the Cadbury Creme Egg Wikipedia site, filled eggs were first manufactured by the Cadbury Brothers in the early 1920s, but the Creme Egg in its current form was not released until 1971. The eggs are manufactured at the Bournville factory in Birmingham at the rate of 1.5 million per day! Approximately 200 million eggs are sold every year!
The fondant filling is solid when the eggs are made, then injected with an enzyme which causes it to liquify into the gooey substance found in the finished product. Grossify me!
If you must know, here is a link to the Creme Egg nutritional information!
This is a link to the Official Cadbury Creme Egg site, and it’s also pretty weird: http://www.cremeegg.co.uk/
It’s called a History of Goo-ology and features lots of oddities… Seriously their entire marketing campaign is weird, but in a good way. Under the Fantasies section are a bunch of short videos or commercials that depict strange ways for Eggs to get smashed. They’re a bit frightening… There’s an online game called Eggs and Ladders, which is really hard…but anyways, watch those videos, they’re wildly weird.
Here is a video released in August of 2007 for the Cadbury chocolate company. It has nothing to do with chocolate, but Phil Collins is the man.
While we’re at it, Cadbury has some other chocolate products that sound amazing. We don’t get much besides Creme Eggs, Mini Eggs (which are equally awesome), and Caramello’s (remember those?). I wish we could get some of these others in the States, particularly this one called WISPA, apparently making a comeback now from the 80s. It’s advertised as “the bubbly 80s favourite”. I’d also like to try the Picnic (wafer, caramel, peanuts, raisins, chocolate) and the Crunchie (honeycomb dipped in chocolate).
I’ll end this with some of the best uses of the Creme Egg from other parts of the world….who knew?