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Why we have chocolate Easter Bunnies

Easter is the time of chocolate and of chocolate bunnies, but why a bunny?

The simple answer is it has everything to do with the bible, after all Easter is all about Christianity and rabbits are seen as a sign of fertility and new life. But it wasn’t until the early 13th century that the notable Easter Bunny was introduced to Christians by German folklore and then stories of an egg-laying white hare fostered the popularity of Easter bunnies.

The popularity of chocolate in the Victorian era gave rise to molds fashioned to represent bunnies and again the first of the type were found in Germany but soon found their way across the North Atlantic to America where, by the early 1920s they had become a seasonal tradition in most homes across the country.

Today nearly 100 million chocolate Easter Bunnies are eaten across the United States alone with Europe consuming a similar number.

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