The countdown to Easter is on and it’s not long until we can tuck into the bargain chocolate that will soon be on offer for weeks afterwards.
It’s about the time of year that Cadbury Creme Eggs are placed invitingly at every checkout as we happily fall victim to temptation every time we do a food shop.
And it’s also the time of year that someone on social media reveals exactly how much sugar the little chocolate eggs contain, leaving some people shocked – and others defiant that they simply couldn’t care less and will enjoy their chocolate in peace.
It all started when one mum shared a photo of a Creme Egg alongside a hefty mountain of sugar, claiming to show how much the sweet treat contained, even adding a two pence coin into the mix for scale.
But when the image riled some chocolate fans, with one replying to say: “Couldn’t fit that much sugar in the egg. This is a lie”, we decided to test it out for ourselves.
According to the Cadbury website giving us all the information we would rather usually not know, a Creme Egg weighs 40g, containing 177 calories, 6.1g of fat and 26.5g of sugar.
If, like us, you’re far more interested in how things taste than the nutritional information printed on the back of the packaging, a measurement of 26.5g of sugar means very little.
So we weighed it out – and although it appears to be slightly less than the mum’s original photo thanks to a more forgiving camera angle, it’s still pretty shocking.
The NHS guidelines state adults should have no more than 30g of free sugars a day, which is roughly equivalent to seven sugar cubes.
For children age seven to 10 the number drops to 24g, and for four to six year olds it’s recommended not to exceed 19g.
That means one Creme Egg exceeds the daily recommended intake of sugar for those under the age of 11 – and even for adults it leaves you with less than 4g to play with for the rest of the day.
The images always divide opinion when they are recirculated on social media around Easter, leaving some put off as one wrote: “Wowsers! That’s A LOT of sugar. I love a creme egg but this is shocking”.
A second said: “F*** off theres 26 g of sugar in a creme egg…”
But others had no time for it, as one argued: “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 to give a s***.”