1. Jelly beans were invented when some innovative confectioner decided to try encasing the gummy Middle Eastern candy Turkish Delight inside the hard sugar coating of Jordan almonds.
2. Jelly beans first became associated with Easter at some point in the 1930s, due to their egg-like shape.
3. Jelly beans came into prominence during the Civil War, when Boston-based candy maker William Schrafft began urged people to send his product to dispatched Union soldiers.
4. Jelly Belly Candy Company created its gourmet blueberry jelly bean specifically for U.S. President Ronald Reagan, who became addicted to the candy during the process of quitting cigarettes.
5. About 16 billion jelly beans are produced for the Easter season every year.
6. Marshmallow Peeps used to be made by hand, an endeavor that took about 27 hours from start to finish. Once the process was automated in the early ’50s, that time was cut down to six minutes.
7. About 5.5 million Peeps are made every day at the Just Born factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. About 2 billion of them were made in 2014.
8. Peeps used to have wings, but they slowed down the automated process. So, starting in 1955, flightless Peeps became the norm.
9. The sap of the marsh-mallow plant was first used to make a dessert in ancient Egypt, where it was mixed with nuts and honey. Though it probably not spongey like the modern marshmallow.
10. Cadbury UK’s Birmingham factory produces approximately 1.5 million Creme Eggs every day. Their combined weight is that of six elephants.
11. Cadbury Creme Eggs are sold from the beginning of the new year until Easter. When Cadbury made them available year-round in the 1980’s, sales actually dropped.
12. Candy-filled chocolate eggs first hit the market back in 1923, but it wasn’t until 1963 that Creme Eggs, as we know them today were introduced. Eight years later, they began to be marketed as Cadbury Creme Eggs.
13. About 90 million chocolate bunnies are cast for Easter every year.
14. Roughly 70 percent of all candy purchased for Easter is chocolate.
15. The Easter Egg has its origins in the pagan tradition of exchanging eggs during spring, as symbols of fertility and rebirth.
16. Three-quarters of Americans prefer to gnaw the ears off their chocolate bunnies before moving on to the rest of the body.
17. The folkloric idea of the Easter Bunny—a rabbit that brings colored eggs and candy to children—was originated by German Lutherans several hundred years ago.
18. Chocolate eggs were originally produced for Easter in Germany during the 19th Century, and were probably solid, as candy molds were still being perfected.
19. The largest chocolate Easter egg ever made was 25 feet high and weighed 9,000 pounds. It was filled with marshmallow and an internal steel frame.
20. A portrait of Ronald Reagan, crafted from 10,000 jelly beans, is displayed in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
21. Easter is the second-biggest day of the year for candy consumption, beaten out only by Halloween.