Here are some bits and pieces of Easter-related news and trivia (most of which is food-related) to entertain you as you prepare for this weekend’s Easter activities:
1. Go ahead and buy that Easter candy. Everybody else is doing it. Jeanette Rowan of The Food Institute, a consumer and food business trends think tank, reports that Easter spending is expected to total $18.2 billion this year, just a hair (or should we say a hare, eh?) less than last year’s record of $18.4 billion, according to an annual survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. About 81% of Americans will celebrate the holiday, and 89% of those folks are expected to spend $2.6 billion on candy.
They also forecast that, among those who celebrate Easter, 58% will cook a holiday meal and 17% will go to a restaurant. If you’re in that former category, please browse our Easter recipes and blog articles at this link.
2. That’s a lotta jelly beans. The Today Show had a story about the favorite Jelly Belly flavors in the US. The top three Jelly Belly jelly bean flavors in America are very cherry, buttered popcorn and licorice. (Seriously? Licorice? As kids, we made the Easter Bunny leave the licorice jelly beans completely out of our candy baskets. ::shudder::) CandyStore.com ranked each state’s most popular flavor of jelly bean. Cherry is Iowa’s favorite. There were 15 billion Jelly Belly jelly beans eaten last year, and 1/3 of those (5 billion!) jelly beans are eaten at Easter.