I was trying to decide what to blog on this week and the only thing that came to mind was Easter. Ok, it is not politically correct to single out this one religious holiday but then I thought it would be ok because Minnesota has a huge Lutheran population and our settlers came from Scandinavia and Europe where they celebrate Easter so it is part of living in Minnesota. Now I have the topic, what should I write about Easter – it is one story that has been around forever…ok, let’s have fun and see what kind of crazy facts I can dig up about Easter.
-Halloween is the number one holiday for candy – Easter is a close number two!
-Easter is the 4th largest card holiday in the US sending out 120 million cards!
-About 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies will be sold this year.
-76% of Americans prefer to bite off the ears first, while 5% eat the feet first and 4% eat the tail first.
-More than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps, chicks, bunnies and eggs will be consumed, making them the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.
-In 1953, it took 27 hours to create a Marshmallow Peep. Today it takes less than six minutes.
-The Mall of America has one of only 3 Peeps stores in the USA.
-About 16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter, enough beans to fill a plastic egg the size of a nine story building!
-70% of kids aged 6–11 say they prefer to eat Easter jellybeans one at a time, while 23% report eating several at once. Boys (29%) were more apt to eat a handful than girls (18%).
-If you lay all those wire egg dippers that come in the egg coloring kits from end-to-end, they would equal the height of 6,628 Washington Monuments.
-Around 33 million Americans are expected to celebrate the Easter holiday by dining out.
-Easter always falls between March 22 and April 25.