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The Times
  • Did you know? A look at some Easter fun facts

  • Did you know that 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies and 16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter each year?

    Or that 87 percent of those celebrating Easter today spent an average of $45.26 on items needed for their holiday meal?

    Here’s some other fun facts you might want to keep in mind long after your sugar high wears off.

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  • Did you know that 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies and 16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter each year?
    Or that 87 percent of those celebrating Easter today spent an average of $45.26 on items needed for their holiday meal?
    Here’s some other fun facts you might want to keep in mind long after your sugar high wears off.
    SWEET TREATS
    * The first chocolate eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th century and remain among the most popular treats associated with Easter.
    * Each day, five million marshmallow chicks and bunnies are produced in preparation for Easter.
    * Easter is the second top-selling confectionery holiday behind only Halloween.
    * 88 percent of adults carry on the Easter tradition of creating Easter baskets for their kids.
    * 76 percent of people eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first.
    * Red jelly beans are kids’ favorite.
    * According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest Easter egg ever made was just over 25-feet high and made of chocolate and marshmallow. The egg weighed 8,968 lbs. and was supported by an internal steel frame.
    Source: National Confectioners Association
    LOOKING AHEAD
    * Easter 2014 will be on April 20.
    * Easter falls on the first Sunday after the full moon following the March equinox. The earliest Easter can be is March 22; the latest April 25.
    FRUGAL EASTER BUNNY?
    * Keeping cost and their shopping list in mind, the average person celebrating Easter will spend approximately $145.13 on candy, decor, apparel and food, flat with last year’s $145.28. Total spending will reach an estimated $17.2 billion.*
    * Most people (63.4 percent) will shop at discount stores and four in 10 (40.7 percent) will shop at their favorite department store. Others will shop at specialty stores (24.9 percent), online (21.1 percent) and specialty clothing stores (10.6 percent).
    * Nearly half (48.4 percent) will purchase clothing this Easter, spending an average of $25.91 on bright new outfits for their children and even something new for themselves.
    * 90.5 percent will stock up on Easter candy, spending an average of $20.66 on jelly beans, chocolate and more.
    * Additionally, consumers will spend an average of $20.82 on gifts, $9.49 on flowers and $9.11 on decorations.
    Four in 10 (43.3 percent) smartphone owners will use their mobile device to research product information, look up store hours and location, compare prices and even purchase gifts and other items.
    Source: National Retail Federation’s Easter Spending Survey conducted by BIGinsight
     
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