Since Easter comes early this year, we want to share some fun knowledge about the candy industry and how it ties in to this day!
Easter is the second most important candy-eating occasion of the year for Americans, who consumed 7 billion pounds of candy in 2011, according to the National Confectioners Association.
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.
Ninety million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year.
Chocolate bunnies should be eaten ears first, according to 76 percent of Americans. Five percent said bunnies should be eaten feet first, while 4 percent favored eating the tail first.
Adults prefer milk chocolate (65%) to dark chocolate (27%).
Each Easter season, Americans buy more than seven hundred million Marshmallow Peeps, shaped like chicks, as well as Marshmallow Bunnies and Marshmallow Eggs, making them the most popular nonchocolate Easter candy.
In 1953, it took twenty-seven hours to create a Marshmallow Peep. Today it takes six minutes.
Yellow Peeps are the most popular, followed by pink, lavender, blue, and white.
Americans consume 16 billion jelly beans at Easter, many of them hidden in baskets. If all the Easter jelly beans were lined end to end, they would circle the globe nearly three times.
Candy is a relatively recent Easter tradition. Chocolate eggs, the most popular Easter candy, were first made in Europe in the early 1800s.
Hot cross buns were among the earliest Easter treats, made by European monks and given to the poor during Lent
Pretzels were originally associated with Easter. The twists of a pretzel were thought to resemble arms crossed in prayer.