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Easter eggs, also called Paschal eggs, and Egg of Easter are eggs that are sometimes decorated. They are usually used as gifts on the occasion of Easter. As such, Easter eggs are common during the season of Eastertide (Easter season). The oldest tradition is to use dyed and painted chicken eggs, but a modern custom is to substitute chocolate eggs wrapped in coloured foil, hand-carved wooden eggs, or plastic eggs filled with confectionery such as chocolate. However, real eggs continue to be used in Central and Eastern European tradition.
Although eggs, in general, were a traditional symbol of fertility and rebirth, in Christianity, for the celebration of Eastertide, Easter eggs symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus, from which Jesus was resurrected. In addition, one ancient tradition was the staining of Easter eggs with the colour red "in memory of the blood of Christ, shed as at that time of his crucifixion."This custom of the Easter egg, according to many sources, can be traced to early Christians of Mesopotamia, and from there it spread into Eastern Europe and Siberia through the Orthodox Churches, and later into Europe through the Catholic and Protestant Churches. Other sources maintain that the custom arose in western Europe during the Middle Ages as a result of the fact that Western Christians were prohibited from eating eggs during Lent, but were allowed to eat them when Easter arrived.
Easter eggs, as we know them, have a deep religious history as a symbol of fertility and rebirth. But, as a kid, I was barely aware of that part: I just had fun coloring the eggs, searching for them, and then peeling and eating them.
But, those are eggs where we color the shell. The dyes and...
Let's decorate some eggs! Easter Sunday is April 21st and Orthodox Easter Sunday is April 28th this year, so the latter can be the end date of our challenge. Blow your own eggs, buy preblown eggs, buy or make paper mache, wood eggs, styrofoam eggs, plastic eggs, ceramic eggs, sugar eggs...
When I was a kid we always had these eggs at Easter and I remember the centre being creamy and a bit runny. Over the years they have become almost fluffy inside and so sweet I cannot bear to touch them. Maybe it is my taste that has changed but they just don't seem to be as I remember them.
What is the use by date on chocolate?
I am sale shopping again and with Easter just gone I am thinking about getting some Easter styled chocolates for next year's Easter. My question is will the chocolate be okay to eat in a years time?
Hotel Chocolat have launched 2 Easter eggs that are "milk chocolate" rather than the standard 70% or higher dark chocolate options usually available and both are vegan.
A Milk-Free Milk Scrambled Egg at £15
And a smaller...