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Easter Financial Trivia

*Andrew Johnson was the first U.S. President to hold an Easter egg roll for children on the White House lawn.

*Jellybeans were first made in America by Boston candy maker William Schrafft, who ran advertisements urging people to send jellybeans to soldiers fighting in the Civil War.

*Americans consume approximately $2 billion worth of candy during the Easter holiday season.

*The most expensive Easter egg costs $100,000 and is a Stella egg encrusted with diamonds. Source

*75 percent of kids report they are willing to do extra chores for more Easter candy. Source

*95% of the world’s Easter Lilies are grown on only 10 farms in the United States. Source

*Easter is the second most important candy-eating occasion of the year for Americans. 7 billion pounds of candy was consumed in 2010, according to the National Confectioner’s Association. Source

*In 2000, Americans spent nearly $1.9 billion on Easter candy, while Halloween sales were nearly $2 billion; Christmas, an estimated $1.4 billion; and Valentine’s Day, just over $1 billion. In 2010 we gobbled up $8.2 billion in sweets–so much for improving the American diet! Source

*90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter each year Source

*According to the Guinness Book of World Records the largest Easter egg ever made was just over 25-ft high and made of chocolate and marshmallow. The egg weighed 8,968 lbs. and was supported by an internal steel frame. Source

*Each day, five million marshmallow chicks and bunnies are produced in preparation for Easter. Source

*Hot cross buns were among the earliest Easter treats, made by European monks and given to the poor during Lent. Source

*Candy makers are offering more and more Easter products. In the early 1980s, M&M’s became available in pastel spring colors. Reese’s makes peanut butter eggs, and Smucker’s produces jellybeans. Source

*In the mid-20th century, it used to take as much as 27 hours to make a marshmallow peep. Today, the time has been reduced to six minutes. Source

*The Easter Bunny originated from Germany. Source

*The most famous decorated eggs are those created by Peter Carl Fabrage. These eggs were originally created for the Czar of Russia in 1883. These eggs are still created by the company in Russia today. Source

*"It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown" was released in 1974. Source

*The first Easter baskets were made to imitate bird nests. Source

*Marshmallow Peeps have a 2 year shelf life and are almost indestructible. Scientists at Emory University could not dissolve Peeps' eyes with water, sulfuric acid or sodium hydroxide. Source

*Easter egg painting has a term associated with it. It is officially called pysanka. Source

*Real eggs, not the chocolate variety, contain every single nutrient essential to human survival. Source

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