Peepsters!

Peepsters: chocolate truffles with marshmallow flavored creme centers.
On left: dark chocolate. Right: milk chocolate

I told you that I would devote an entire post on these tasty little morsels, didn’t I? Peepsters are my favorite holiday candy (let alone Easter–even beating out the Cadbury crowd) and I was pleased to find them at my local CVS drugstore.

In the meantime (meaning, before you go get yourself a bag), read some…
Fun Easter Facts

  • Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is Christianity’s most important holiday. It has been called a moveable feast because it doesn’t fall on a set date every year, as most holidays do. Instead, Christian churches in the West celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21. Therefore, Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year. Orthodox Christians use the Julian calendar to calculate when Easter will occur and typically celebrate the holiday a week or two after the Western churches, which follow the Gregorian calendar.
  • The exact origins of the term “Easter” for this religious feast day are unknown. Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Other accounts trace Easter to the Latin term hebdomada alba, or white week, an ancient reference to Easter week and the white clothing donned by people who were baptized during that time. 
  •  Easter eggs & baby chicks- Eggs and chicks symbolize new life. Eggs have been a symbol of spring since ancient times. An egg also is a symbol of the rock tomb out of which Christ emerged when he arose again. The chick, hatching out of the egg, symbolizes new life or re-birth.
  • Easter bunny – The rabbit, or hare, was a symbol of abundant new life in ancient times, and reminds us of spring and new life.
  • Easter Lilies- The white blossoms symbolize the purity of Jesus. Lilies, emerging from the earth in the spring, also symbolize new life and the resurrection of Christ. All About Easter Lilies.

Read more at http://www.theholidayspot.com/easter/easter_symbols.htm#E32zYw2OwkWTxh3o.99

  • Easter is the second most important candy-eating occasion of the year for Americans, who consumed 7 billion pounds of candy in 2011, according to the National Confectioner’s Association.
  • In 2012, Americans spent nearly $2.1 billion on Easter candy, while Halloween sales were over $2 billion; Christmas, more than $1.4 billion; and Valentine’s Day, over $1 billion.
  • Ninety million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year.

     Wow–looks like I contributed to that cause with my Peepsters purchase….totally worth it 🙂

    Happy Easter!

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