Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter from Euforia

Hello again, Readers,

     This Sunday, April 20, 2014 is Easter Sunday!  Easter is a Christian holiday commemorating the rise of Jesus Christ from the tomb and end of the Lent Season.  Nowadays, there are so many Easter traditions, I wanted to take today's special Easter edition and find out where some of the more popular Easter activities come from - dyeing eggs, Easter Bunny, and eating all the candy (specifically, what's a Peep?)
     The Easter Bunny is kind of like Santa Claus on a smaller scale -The legend originates from German Lutherans, the Easter Bunny (or "Oschter Haws" as he was called) would deliver colored eggs to good children who would leave nests or baskets for the eggs to be placed.  Later, chocolates, candies, and small gifts would also be left in the nests.  Why a rabbit?  Rabbits are traditionally symbolize new life, with the new life being the Resurrection.
     Decorating eggs is a tradition that has been around since around the 13th century.  Eggs represent the tomb from which Jesus rose, and for centuries, eggs were dyed red to symbolize Christ's blood.  The Easter egg hunts and Easter egg rolls that are so common don't seem to have religious meaning, they're meant to just be fun.  The White House has held the Easter egg roll every year since 1878 on the Monday following Easter Sunday.
     Easter candy started becoming popular in the 1800's.  While it's the most recent of the standard Easter traditions, it has become the second biggest candy-selling holiday (Halloween is first).  Originally, chocolate eggs were a way for chocolatiers to sell their goods at Easter - the egg being such an important symbol and the popularity of chocolate growing.  Mass production techniques of the early 20th century hit the candy industry, allowing novelty Easter Candy to become popular with everyone.  Because of this, candy moved from the chocolate egg to the now popular chocolate bunny.  Jelly beans became associated with Easter around the 1930s.  The "Turkish Delight" (a jelly covered in powdered sugar) was a popular treat and as they became mass-produced, the low cost and the egg-shape made the jelly bean a hit as an Easter candy.
     If you're looking for a sweet treat that's a little more sophisticated than the jelly bean or the chocolate rabbit, try our delicious Triple Delight Cake!  You can order one any time of the year, and as always, they're delicious, all-natural, and gluten-free!

Thanks for reading!
Euforia Confections