Forget your fancy pants Easter bunnies and purse-stretching hampers, you can’t beat a good old fashioned Creme Egg.
But just how much sugar is in one of Cadbury’s most famous chocolate treats? Looking at the stats (a Creme Egg’s 29% sugar and 177 calories) might not tempt you to cut back on your egg consumption, but looking at a photo of the amount of sugar in an egg might.
Facebook user Rebecca Bilham shared a photo of a Creme Egg beside a two pence coin for scale. But what’s most surprising is the mountain of sugar used to demonstrate how much the average Easter delicacy contains.
Bilham captioned the image [sic], “Warning, may upset Creme Egg lovers… this amount of sugar in ONE cream egg?? Surely not…crikey!”
Unsurprisingly, the post soon went viral amassing over 30,000 comments and 8,000 shares.
But the tough-to-swallow image certainly isn’t going to put serious chocolate devotees off the moreish treat this year.
One social media user wrote [sic], “Meh I don’t even care, I’m still gonna eat a multipack in one sitting on more than one occasion. Creme eggs are too good!”
Another agreed, adding: “Why would anyone be surprised there is this much sugar in a delicious egg-shaped chocolate delight? That’s why it tastes so good!”
“Who cares? They are amazing! I could easily eat six at a time,” one said.
But Bilham isn’t wrong, as every Creme Egg contains 26 grams of sugar which weighs in at six heaped teaspoons.
According to the NHS, adults should not consume more than 30 grams of free sugars (that’s sugar added to popular biscuits, chocolate and cereals) per day – the equivalent of seven teaspoons of the good stuff.
So that means cracking open a cheeky Creme Egg for breakfast on Easter Sunday is going to push your sugar limit to the maximum.
While parents may not want their children tucking into one, as seven to 11-year-olds are advised against consuming more than 24g per day – the equivalent of five sugar cubes.
Bilham told The Sun: “I found the amount of sugar claimed to be in a Creme Egg frightening to be honest. We all know they’re full of sugar but actually seeing it in pure form it appears such a lot.”
“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,” she continued.
“However, we are chocolate lovers in our household and won’t be stopping eating them completely!”