“No bunny knows Easter better than him.”
The bunny in question, of course, is the Cadbury Bunny, who clucks in a fowl sort of way, and strangely enough, lays eggs – Cadbury Crème Eggs. With the exception perhaps of Peeps and Robin’s Eggs, few things signify springtime festivities quite like these little chocolate-coated beauties. Creamy filling made to look like the inside of an egg, with a hard milk chocolate shell, the Cadbury Crème Egg come around only once a year. When they hit the shelves, it’s time to get enough to last through the most difficult of cravings.
Cadbury introduced a cream-filled egg in 1923, however, it was not the same as the one we’ve come to know and love today. It would take nearly half a century for Cadbury to come up with the Cadbury Crème Egg in 1971. First they start with two half-egg shaped shells. After that, they fill them up with the gooey fondant filling, mostly white with a dab of yellow, close the two halves together and allow the egg to cool. Voila! The infamous and delectable Cadbury Crème Egg.
The Easter orbs have gone on to enormous success. In fact, in the U.K. the Cadbury Crème Egg outsells every other chocolate bar on the market while it’s available (January through Easter). In the United States, Cadbury’s business partner, Hershey’s, produces the treat, with most varieties available in both locations. If the egg-yolk appearance isn’t your thing, there are also caramel eggs and chocolate-crème eggs. Mint and orange creams have had stints as Cadbury Crème Eggs, as have Dream Eggs – white chocolate shell with a white chocolate fondant filling, not unlike the original egg.
So what of the bunny? Alas, only those in the United States are lucky enough to get a glimpse of the oddly clucking fellow. He’s enjoyed a long, fruitful career as Cadbury’s U.S. mascot ever since Hershey’s picked up Cadbury in 1988. Over twenty years later, the Cadbury Bunny is still clucking away, bringing us our ooey-gooey springtime favorite, and for that we are certainly grateful. Now, if we could only get him to work year-round.
If your springtime isn’t complete without biting into a few of these delectable confections, we welcome all of your thoughts in our comments section, as we tip our hats to the Cadbury bunny and its sweet offspring.