For many Americans seeing Cadbury Creme Eggs in stores is a sign that the time to take the holiday lights down for Easter is just around the corner. Ever since the iconic chocolate treat made its way across the pond to the United States, it has been embraced by sweet-toothed fans across the country.
The Creme Egg isn't very large so it's easy to overindulge, and every year, we all end up eating more of the delicious Easter treat than we're ever willing to admit.
Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but it may be time to start counting how many Cadbury Creme Eggs you consume because they're alarmingly bad for you.
A Creme Egg contains sugar, milk, glucose syrup, cocoa butter, invert sugar syrup, dried whey (milk), cocoa mass, vegetable fats (palm, shea), emulsifier (E442), dried egg white, flavourings and colour (paprika extract).
Ingredients in packaged food products are often listed in order by weight, which means that there is more sugar than anything else in these beloved chocolatey eggs. Additionally, glucose syrup and invert sugar syrup are also sweeteners used in the treat.
In fact, each Creme Egg contains 26 grams of sugar, which equals to roughly six teaspoons. To drive the point home, one woman posted a photo to Facebook that shows just how much sugar is in each egg, and it's not an exaggeration when I say that it is way too much.
Wait till you see it...
Businesswoman Rebecca Bilham recently ignited a firestorm on social media when she shared the photo, which featured a pile of white sugar beside a Cadbury Creme Egg and a coin for scale.
“Warning, may upset Creme Egg lovers,” Bilham captioned the photo, which was posted to her business page, The Little Red Hut Home & Gifts. “This amount of sugar in ONE cream egg?? Surely not……crikey!”
People on the internet lost their minds, but while many were genuinely concerned about the Creme Egg's sugar content, others simply did not care.
"Literally don’t care," wrote one user. "Still happily dust 5 in one sitting. It would be 6 but the tight gets have reduced to 5. I will be fat forever."
Someone even added a touch of sarcasm in their comment: “What a surprise that a fondant filled chocolate egg is filled with sugar and not cabbage or quinoa!! I feel so misled."
Another wrote, "I openly admit I absolutely love Cadbury’s Creme Eggs and when I am eating one the amount of sugar in it does not enter my head or my conscience !!!!!"
As for Bilham, she explained to The Sun Online that she took the photo and posted it because it was actually surreal seeing how much sugar goes into one egg.
"I found the amount of sugar claimed to be in a Creme Egg frightening to be honest," Bilham told the publication. "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 added.
She also admitted that this will not deter her or her family from eating the Easter treat, but they will be doing it in moderation.
A spokesperson for Cadbury issued a statement in response to the viral image: "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."
The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends a limit of six teaspoons of sugar (25g) for women and nine teaspoons (38g) for men, so many of us are definitely consuming way above the limit when we eat a Creme Egg, especially when you consider the fact that we tend to eat more than one at a time.
Will this affect how often you eat Cadbury Creme Eggs? Let us know!