Updated: Feb 13
Since ancient times the egg has been a symbol of fertility and new beginnings. When Christianity spread through Europe it added many pagan beliefs to its customs as well. As a symbol of new life, over time the egg came to represent the emergence from the tomb and the resurrection of Christ. Decorating eggs though is something that people have done since ancient times. Cultures from many parts of the world decorate eggs at different times of year. In Persian culture, for example, they were painted with little family portraits at Nowruz, near the spring equinox. It was in the 17th and 18th centuries that people started making egg shaped toys for children at Easter and these eggs were often filled with sweets. The first chocolate Easter eggs were thought to be made in Germany and France near the beginning of the 19th century but the first chocolate egg in the UK was made Bristol in 1873. When companies reaslied how popular chocolate eggs were other chocolate makers started producing them too and soon they were being sold all over the world.
Is Chocolate Vegan?
Chocolate is made from the beans of the cocoa tree, and is entirely plant-based, but in most chocolate milk is added in the manufacturing process to make it creamier. This doesn’t mean, however, that we vegans can’t eat chocolate.
Lots of dark chocolate is accidentally vegan as it doesn’t contain milk but always check, cheaper brands in particular often add a bit of milk in for filler, as lowering the cocoa content cuts costs, so check the ingredients list. Be wary of lecithin, this is a fat that is often soy-based but can be taken from animal tissue or eggs, albumin, which comes from egg whites) and stearic acid, which comes from animal fat.
This year the selection of vegan Easter eggs is the biggest that it has ever been. Below are a few of the eggs available in Asda, Sainsburys and Tesco, so if anyone asks which egg you want you can send straight to their local supermarket to get you a tasty, animal friendly (as in no animals were harmed, not that you can feed it to animals), Easter egg.
In my opinion Asda have the best vegan selection this year, they have seven eggs to choose from, one chocolate bunny, one chocolate lolly and their in store bakery hot cross buns are vegan too. The kids eggs include different flavours too:
Asda Free From Egg with Which Choc Buttons £3.00
Asda Free From Easter Egg with Choc Orange Discs £4.00
Asda Free From Choc Easter Bunny £3.00
Moo Free Easter Bunycomb Egg £3.49
Moo Free Organic Original Egg & Bag of Choccy Drops £3.49
Asda Free From Choc Lollipop £1.00
At Sainsburys there isn’t so much to choose from but the flavours are more interesting:
Moo Free Easter Bunnycomb Egg £3.95
Sainsburys Deliciously Free From Strawberry & White Chocolate egg £3.50
Sainsburys Deliciously Free From Choc Egg £3.50
Sainsburys Deliciously Free From White Chocolate Egg£3.50
The Tesco offering this year is a little disappointing compared to other supermarkets, but they do have Moo Free eggs.
Moo Free Easter Bunnycomb Egg £3.49
Moo Free Original Egg and Choccy Drops £3.49
Moo Free Cheeky Orange Easter Egg £3.49
Which egg would you want? I'd like the Original Moo Free egg, especially with the choccy drops, I'll definetly be getting one of those.