Cadbury Creme Egg sugar content revealed in shocking Facebook post

It’s no secret that chocolate is full of sugar, but sometimes it takes seeing that sugar in a new light to hammer home just quite how much you’re consuming.

One mother has shocked the internet by posting a picture of a Creme Egg next to the amount of sugar the popular Easter treat contains.

“Warning, may upset Creme Egg lovers,” Rebecca Bilham posted on her Facebook page, The Little Red Hut Home & Gifts.

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The post has now garnered over 5,000 shares, 12,000 comments and 3,000 reactions.

Many people expressed disbelief that one Creme Egg could actually contain the amount of sugar pictured.

Sugar is by far the main ingredient, especially when you take into account glucose syrup and invert sugar syrup too.

Each Cadbury Creme Egg contains 26 grams of sugar, which is about six teaspoons.

Current UK government guidelines recommend that adults have no more than 30 grams (or seven teaspoons) of sugar per day, children aged seven to 10 no more than 24 grams (six teaspoons) and children aged four to six no more than 19 grams (five teaspoons).

“I found the amount of sugar claimed to be in a Creme Egg frightening to be honest,” Bilham told The Sun Online. “We all know they’re full of sugar but actually seeing it in pure form it appears such a lot.

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“I have let my son eat them at Easter, but I am conscious of his daily intake anyway and when you see eye opening content like this on social media it does make you stop and think twice.

“However we are chocolate lovers in our household and won’t be stopping eating them completely! Everything in moderation I think.”

A spokesperson for Cadbury told The Independent: “As with all of our delicious Cadbury chocolate, Cadbury Creme Egg can be enjoyed as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

“This Easter treat is loved by consumers around the world and can only be snapped up in the run up to Easter.”

We all love a Cadbury Creme Egg, even if we were temporarily astounded this week to find out that we may have been pronouncing it wrong the whole time.

And while we may not have been lucky enough to hunt out a white chocolate creme egg just yet, that hasn’t stopped us from trying, slowly making our way through the Easter chocolates months before the big day even arrives.

Which is why we, along with lots of other chocolate lovers, were a little shocked to see exactly how much sugar is in one of those dreamy little eggs.

A mother took to Facebook to show people just how much sugar one Creme Egg contains, using a 2p coin for size reference.

Let this sink in… a creme egg = 6 teaspoons of sugar 😮 pic.twitter.com/WBOAqs6lIT

— RSVP Magazine (@RSVPMagazine) February 21, 2018

Some people were pretty outraged at the discovery.

So that’s how much sugar is in a Creme Egg – thought they were a little sickly 😂#SugarRush
🤯🤕😱 pic.twitter.com/NNrKWvHX8K

— David Lach (@DaveLach) February 22, 2018

someone just tweeted about how much sugar is in a creme egg and honestly it’s ruined my entire day

— ty (@TyHames) February 22, 2018

Each Cadbury Creme Egg contains 26 grams of sugar, which is about six teaspoons.
Too much for an adult, let alone a child.
it’s just as addictive as many drugs, but it kills over a very long period of time through driving obesity, heart disease and diabetes 😞 pic.twitter.com/cwI5OK9sqc

— Mike Brown (@MikesBodyGoals) February 22, 2018

Although if you think about it, is it really that surprising that a chocolate treat that contains a load of fondant is full of sugar? Probably not.

No wonder everyone’s so bloody overweight if we’re all shocked that a creme egg contains a shit tonne of sugar. FFS.

— Katy (@DocManniday) February 23, 2018

Creme egg has sugar…shook

— Jack Merrell (@arcticmerrell) February 22, 2018

Thankfully, the shock news hasn’t put everyone off. After all, everything in moderation right?

Me: *sees a viral picture of how much sugar is in a Cadbury Creme Egg*
Wife: How does that make you feel?
Me: Hungry.

— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) February 23, 2018

A Creme Egg apparently has the equivalent of six teaspoons of sugar in them. That’s me having six less brews a day until Easter then! 🐣

— Stewart Doxey (@MrStu84) February 22, 2018

People wanna do one with this whole creme egg sugar content…. If I wanna eat 6 of them, I will

— Jodie King. (@mrsjodieking) February 22, 2018

A spokesperson for Cadbury told The Independent: “As with all of our delicious Cadbury chocolate, Cadbury Creme Egg can be enjoyed as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

“This Easter treat is loved by consumers around the world and can only be snapped up in the run up to Easter.”

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IT’S the season of the egg, and we couldn’t be more excited.

With Easter celebrations well underway, there’s one discussion left on everybody’s chocolatey lips – how do you actually eat a Creme Egg?

3 This staff member for Cadbury has settled the debate once and for all

It seems that there are a variety of ways to eat the little creamy treat.

From eating it all in one go to dunking other snacks into the sugary yoke – but neither of these are the ‘right’ way to indulge.

A systems’ maintenance engineer on Cadbury’s production line has revealed the correct way to enjoy the egg.

He told Huffpost: “Who are these people out there eating them whole? You’re asking for death by Creme Egg.”

3 The secret of the egg has been cracked by a staff memberCredit: Alamy

He added: “You have to bite the top off, eat out the centre and then eat the shell on its own, obviously.”

The engineer, Shaheed Khattack, also revealed that the Creme Egg production takes up two floors of the factor in Bournville.

It’s no surprise, considering the frenzy they cause in the run-up to Easter.

Shaheed also managed to drop a secret about the white and yellow filling of the egg.

3 Apparently there’s a secret about the filling we’ve been getting wrong tooCredit: Alamy

Despite fans of the egg insisting that the yellow and white tastes different to one and another, Shaheed says different.

He claimed: “Some people think the white and yellow taste different, they don’t, it’s just psychological.”

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Cadbury Creme Eggs are an Easter staple that’s arguably more important than chocolate bunnies. People’s obsession with the fondant-filled treats has practically reached cult status, but even the most diehard Cadbury fanatics don’t know half of these facts.

1. They Have Their Own Season.

Part of what adds to the mysticism behind the creme eggs is the fact that they’re only available for a limited time every year — January through April, to be exact. A true fan is painfully aware of the fact, but company officials swear that they get questions about availability from people all the time.

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2. Their Predecessors Were Fancy AF.

Though the eggs we know and love today are admittedly simple in terms of presentation, the forerunners to the modern model were a lot more detailed. The first Cadbury Easter egg, which came out in 1875, was made with dark chocolate and filled with sugar-coated chocolate drops, but soon the eggs got a major makeover, which consisted of chocolate piping and marzipan flowers.

3. The Creme Version Has Also Been Around For A While.

Cadbury’s creme-filled eggs debuted in 1923 but stood in the shadow of other Cadbury creations. It wasn’t until 1971 that the version we have today was released and proceeded to rock our world.

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4. They Owe Their Fame To The Silver Screen.

According to Cadbury, though the creme-filled treasures were around since the Roaring Twenties, it wasn’t until 1975 that they became a springtime must-have, thanks to a string of commercials, like this one:

5. There’s A Cadbury Version Of Disney World.

If you’re a big fan of the eggs, you might want to make the trek to England to check out Cadbury World. Though the site isn’t devoted solely to creme eggs, there are plenty of cool things to check out, including a 4-D chocolate-themed ride (among others!), chocolate-making classes, and even an Aztec jungle to learn about the origins of chocolate. Oh, there’s also the world’s biggest Cadbury shop, so you can shop Cadbury products ’til you drop. Whether that’s from exhaustion or the extreme sugar intake is up for debate.

6. The Factory Makes A Ton Of Eggs.

It’s a good thing hens aren’t required for the production of these eggs or else they’d be pretty damn busy. During peak season, the Cadbury factory churns out somewhere between 1.2 and 1.5 million per day.

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7. The Way They’re Made Is Kind Of Fascinating.

The eggs are made in two separate pieces and are slapped together in a process called a book fold. First, the sides are filled with liquid fondant (not marshmallow or white chocolate, as most people think), then dotted with the yellow “yolk” in one half. Finally, the chocolate pieces are fused together. Boom, Easter magic.

8. People Go Crazy For Them.

If you’re thinking “holy s**t, the factory makes SO MANY EGGS,” it’s because people eat so many of them. According to Cadbury, more than 200 million eggs are sold every year in the UK alone.

9. Fans Are Really Protective Of Their Eggs.

In 2015, after Mondelez acquired Cadbury, two major changes were introduced to the beloved eggs: (1) the shell was changed from Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate to, ahem, cheaper chocolate, and (2) the eggs were sold in five-packs instead of packs of six. Pissed consumers took to Twitter to vent with the hashtag #cremeggate and even created a petition for Cadbury to return to the old recipe. Apparently, fans were so upset by the changes that sales were actually affected and dropped by 7 percent, costing the company $8.6 million.

Why @CadburyUK why? The Creme Egg is an institution! You’ve ruined the only good thing about January #cremeegggate

— Davey L (@daveybuoy) January 12, 2015

10. A Restaurant Created A Whole Menu Around Them.

In 2016, a cafe aptly named Crème de la Crème Egg Cafe popped up in London featuring dishes made from the famous creme eggs. Options included items such as Creme Egg “toasties” (breakfast sandwiches), creme eggs with soldiers (traditionally, a boiled egg with toast strips), and a strawberries and creme egg. Reservations filled up immediately.

Cadbury creme egg and toasties Facebook / Cadbury

11. Fans Also Use The Eggs As Key Ingredients For Some Crazy Dishes.

Every year during Cadbury Creme Egg Season (A.K.A. Easter), fans of the chocolates whip up some crazy dishes featuring the sacred ingredient. Past fan concoctions have included savory and sweet options, like Cadbury Creme Egg pizza, Cadbury Egg Foo Young, and Cadbury Eggs Benny.

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12. Even McDonald’s Is Obsessed With Them.

Back in 2013, McD’s revealed its creme-egg love by creating what was perhaps the most amazing food mashup to ever grace our palates — a Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry. Yes, you read that right. Unfortunately, the amazing creation was only available in Canada, England, and Ireland.

13. John Oliver On The Other Hand, Is Not A Fan.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel, comedian John Oliver showed his skepticism of Cadbury Creme Eggs, which in his opinion taste “like mermaid placenta covered in candle wax,” by delivering an insane conspiracy theory about how they continue to make their way to American grocery stores. Whether you think his opinion is blasphemous or not, you should watch his segment because it includes Beyonce, and you should never ignore Queen B.

14. You Can Get Them Oreo-Style.

The traditional creme eggs are filled with, well, creme, but you can also get caramel or chocolate creme-filled eggs from Cadbury. However, perhaps the most incredible iteration of the creme egg to date is the Oreo Cadbury Creme Egg. People are so excited about the prospect of Oreos and Cadbury becoming one that one UK man came out of the woodwork to claim glorious idea as his and well, he’s got the Tweets to prove it. Luckily, he seems to just be in it for the fame and isn’t looking to cash in on what would likely be a huge payday.

15. There’s Also Some Lesser Known Flavors.

According to the All-Knowing-Internet, some lucky inhabitants of the world have seen the likes of Cadbury Orange Creme Eggs and Cadbury Mint Creme Eggs. There’s even rumors of berry creme egg sightings in Australia, but we couldn’t find any proof to back them up.

16. They Can Make Great Espresso Cups.

The hottest thing to come out of Australia isn’t Hugh Jackman — it’s actually the eggspresso. Back in March 2016, Aussies wowed us with this genius creation which is basically a shot of espresso poured into a hollowed cadbury egg. We loved the idea so much that we kicked it up a notch and used a Cadbury caramel cream egg instead, and yes, it was bomb.

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17. Sorry, But They’re Not Healthy At All.

We all understand that a fondant-filled chocolate egg is not the most nutritional thing you can eat, but you probably didn’t know that one egg actually contains all the sugar you should eat in one day. According to the American Heart Association, the recommended sugar limit per day is 36 grams for men and 25 grams for women, and at 26.5 grams of sugar per egg, just one of these babies will put you right at your limit (or one and a third, if you’re a guy).

18. Everyone Has A Different Way To Eat Them.

Back in 1985, Cadbury launched an ad campaign that asked consumers “How do you eat yours?” According to the company, there are two ways to consume the treat: “eggs and soldiers” (i.e. eating it like a soft boiled egg and scooping the fondant out) or “bite and lick” (you get this one, right?). A survey by the company revealed that 53 percent of people bite off the top of the egg, suck out the creme and then finish the chocolate, 20 percent bite straight through, and only 6 percent use a finger to scoop out the creme. So, how do you eat your eggs?

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This Is What’s Actually Inside a Cadbury Creme Egg

Regardless of whether or not you celebrate Easter, one thing is for certain: Having an excuse to eat chocolate treats is something that many can appreciate this time of year. Eating chocolate in the form of little eggs just adds to the experience. A Cadbury Creme Egg is one such example of an iconic Easter treat, with the first variation of the creme-filled egg hitting stores almost a century ago in 1923 in the U.K. Originally, they were called Fry’s Creme Eggs after J.S. Fry of Bristol, but the name changed to Cadbury Creme Egg in 1971.

The first chocolate eggs ever created stem back even further into history though, specifically in 1873. Needless to say, chocolate eggs are a timeless treat, and the Cadbury Creme Egg certainly has a rich history. It’s an iconic treat for a reason: Who else would have thought of creating a chocolate treat that mimics the inside of an egg once you break into it? And speaking of the inside…

What is inside of a Cadbury Creme Egg?

To emulate the yolk and albumen (the technical name for the white part of the egg, in case you didn’t know), the creme filling is made from none other than fondant—as in the smooth yet thick icing that often coats wedding cakes. Though only three ingredients usually go into fondant (water, corn syrup, and granulated sugar), the exact secret recipe behind the gooey fondant deliciousness of the inside of a Cadbury egg is still under wraps. Different colored dyes are used to differentiate the color of the yolk from its white counterpart—the flavor is all the same, it’s merely just part of the aesthetic. Plus, because fondant is thicker and more dense than a normal icing or a buttercream is, it gives the egg and its colors a more stark contrast against the chocolate shell. Plus, it won’t run as much when you bite into it!

Now, how exactly is the filling inserted into the egg?

Sure, biting into the chocolate egg surely gets the goo out, but the question is: how does the goo go in?

Well, this treat is made via a mold. First, melted chocolate is poured into a half egg-shaped mold. Next, half of an egg is filled with white fondant, and then it’s topped off with just a drop of the yellow fondant in its center. Not too much and not too little, this is the perfect way to make that inside-of-an-egg-like filling.

Plus, the proper way to eat a Cadbury egg (according to someone who makes them) is to bite the top off, eat the fondant inside, and then eat the shell on its own.

When can you enjoy this treat?

Cadbury Creme Eggs are only available from January 1 to Easter Sunday, so you best run to the nearest drug store or grocery store and stock up while you can!

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You can add Easter to the list of holidays on which Americans are willing to abandon their low-sugar and low-carb diets. In fact, spending on Easter candy increased 5.6 percent between 2006 and 2007. Easter typically ranks as the holiday with the second-highest spending on candy, right behind Halloween. If these trends continue, an excess of bunnies and eggs is likely right around the corner. But not all of these treats are equal when it comes to nutrition. Here’s where eight of the most popular Easter candies land on the calorie scale. They range from a demure 130 to a whopping 1,050 calories. (For the scary truth about Halloween treats, check out the 8 Most Fattening Foods of Fall.)

1. Peeps. A few of these fluffy, sugar-filled treats can add up quickly. Go through a row of four bunnies and you’re at 130 calories. Peeps are fat-free but do weigh in heavy on the carb count–each little rabbit has 8 grams of sugar alone, adding up to 32 grams in a serving of four.

2. Jelly Beans. These can be your worst foe or your best friend in the Easter basket, depending on how many you eat. Each individual bean is pretty low in calorie count, with usually around 5 or 6 calories, but munching through a handful or worse, an entire bagful, of Jelly Bellys adds up quickly. The recommended 35-bean serving comes in at 140 calories from 37 grams of sugar. To avoid jelly-bean overdose, it’s probably best to grab a handful and then keep the Easter basket out of reach.

3. Cadbury Chocolate Eggs. These eggs may look tiny, but their calorie count is anything but. A handful of 12 eggs comes with 190 calories and 8 grams of fat. You might want to skip over these high-cal eggs if you come across them on the hunt.

4. Cadbury Creme Egg. It’s possibly the quintessential Easter treat, but most people won’t be surprised to find out that the creamy egg packs in the calories. The 1.2-ounce egg comes with 150 calories, 5 grams of fat and 25 grams of carbs. If you’re looking for an excuse to indulge, there is a slight silver lining: the tasty milk chocolate comes with 40mg of calcium, which is about 5 percent of the recommended daily value.

5. Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg. This egg slightly edges out its creme-filled rival in the unhealthy Easter-egg competition. All three varieties of the Reese’s egg–milk chocolate, fudge and white chocolate–have a calorie count of 180. The fat content weighs in around 10 grams, double that of the Cadbury Creme Egg, with the white-chocolate egg the worst, at 11 grams. Stick to the traditional Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, which, though it lacks the festive Easter element, has nearly half the calories of its egg-shaped relatives.

6. Lindt Chocolate Carrots. In a sea of eggs and bunnies, chocolate carrots are one of the more unusual Easter candy options–Lindt only started offering them seven years ago. Sadly, they have little nutritional value in common with their vegetable counterparts: a box of four carrot-shaped chocolates has 210 calories.

7. Hershey’s Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg. This might come as the biggest surprise: one hollow Hershey’s egg (4.65 ounces) has more than three times as many calories as the Cadbury Creme Egg. The shell alone has 570 calories. Start munching on the four Hershey’s kisses included inside and you’re up to a whooping 660 calories and 41 grams of fat. This may be one of the few Easter offerings that makes a Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg look like health food.

8. Large Chocolate Bunny. Not surprisingly, the bunny reigns as king when it comes to Easter calories. But the calorie count may still raise a few eyebrows: the average seven-ounce rabbit clocks an impressive 1,050 calories. Smaller bunnies are better–rabbits of the one-ounce variety only rack up 140 calories.

Ask the Diet Doctor: Anatomy of a Cadbury Crème Egg

We’re all familiar with the things that signal spring’s arrival: extra hours of daylight, budding flowers, and Cadbury Crème Eggs on display at every supermarket and drugstore in America. It’s easy to justify grabbing one (or two) of the seasonal treats on your way to the checkout (They’re only available for a few weeks out of the year). But have you ever wondered what’s inside the chocolate shell? You’ll be happy to learn that there is actual egg in Cadbury Crème Eggs, but the rest might (or might not) surprise you.

Here’s the ingredient list (which isn’t available on Hershey’s website):

  • Milk chocolate (sugar; milk; chocolate; cocoa butter; milk fat; nonfat milk; soy lecithin; natural and artificial flavors)
  • Sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • 2% or less of: artificial color (yellow 6); artificial flavor; calcium chloride; egg whites

Three of the four main ingredients are sugar by various names (sugar, corn syrup, and high fructose corn syrup). And since the first ingredient (the shell) is primarily sugar as well, this isn’t the best Easter treat for diabetics or the one-third of Americans with insulin resistance.

Consider this: One Cadbury Crème Egg has the same amount of sugar as two ¾-cup servings of Count Chocula cereal. It’s also equivalent to what the American Heart Association considers an entire day’s worth of sugar (20g or 5 teaspoons of sugar).

Indulge in three Cadbury Crème Eggs throughout Easter Sunday (which isn’t unheard of), and you’ll take in the dosage of sugar that a physician would use during an oral glucose tolerance test to determine if you have diabetes (60g). That’s a powerful punch of sweetness!

For a festive treat that fares a little better on the health front (as dark chocolate does contain powerful antioxidants), try Green & Blacks’ Organic Dark Eggs. They’re organic, made with 70 percent cacao, and still come in the festive Easter egg shapes-no creme filling included.

We all have our favorite guilty pleasures, so if you don’t mind using up 150 of the calories you burned during the Easter Sunday Bunny Hop 5K, go ahead and indulge. One sugar bomb every so often isn’t going to make you fat or give you diabetes. If you want to minimize the damage, enjoy your Cadbury Crème Egg after exercise, when your body is most equipped to handle the sugar.

Happy Easter!

Nutrition info (1 egg): 150 calories, 6g fat, 4g saturated fat, 20g sugars, 2g protein

Dr. Mike Roussell, PhD, is a nutritional consultant known for his ability to transform complex nutritional concepts into practical habits and strategies for his clientele, which includes professional athletes, executives, food companies, and top fitness facilities. Dr. Mike is the author of Dr. Mike’s 7 Step Weight Loss Plan and the 6 Pillars of Nutrition.

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