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The History of Chocolate Easter Eggs

The History of Chocolate Easter Eggs

Easter eggs and chocolate have become synonymous with this special time of year when the season changes from winter to spring. Here we briefly explore the history of this tradition and why we now celebrate with chocolate eggs.

Since ancient times the egg has been a symbol of fertility, new beginning and rebirth. As Christianity spread throughout Europe it absorbed and incorporated many pagan beliefs and customs as well. As a symbol of new life, over time the egg came to represent the emergence from the tomb and the resurrection of Christ.

Decorating eggs is a custom that predates Christian custom. Cultures from many parts of the world decorate eggs at different times of year. In Persian culture, for example, they are painted with one’s family at Nowruz, near the spring equinox. Many believe that this is where the Christian tradition originated.

In the 17th and 18th centuries the idea of the egg shaped toy emerged. These were made, sold and given to children at Easter. The eggs were often filled with sweets. The first chocolate Easter eggs were likely crafted in Germany and France near the beginning of the 19th century. The first chocolate egg in the UK is attributed to JS Fry of Bristol in 1873. Other companies then followed suit; soon the Easter egg market bloomed beyond all expectations, and over time the custom spread to the Americas and throughout many parts of the world.

Thus began the tradition of Easter eggs not only as a chocolate confection but also as a customary gift. Godiva’s Easter Collection represents our personal and creative interpretation of this festive tradition. Here on our site you’ll and gifts for all ages.