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It's Eastertime, and if you are thinking bunnies, buns, and chocolate eggs, as much as you are thinking about the resurrection of Christ, you are not the only one. Whilst the first chocolate eggs appeared in France and Germany in the 19th Century, the egg has been a symbol of regeneration since time immemorial, and springtime celebrations are pretty ancient too.
Many of the traditions and symbols observed in our modern-day celebrations of Easter - the Easter egg and bunny included - have their roots in pre-Christian traditions. Even the origin of the word Easter can be traced back to the Scandinavian' Ostra' and the Germanic 'Ostern' or 'Eastre,' both of which seem to derive from 'Eostre,' goddess of Spring and fertility, for whom festivals were held at the time of the Spring Equinox.
Some claim that the name goes even further back to the Canaanite/Phoenician goddess Astarte and the Mesopotamian Ishtar. Etymologically, it is not unlikely that it relates to the Greek "Οίστρος" - a word that is used both to denote spiritual and mental stimulation, creativity, inspiration, enthusiasm, excitement, as well as all the phenomena related to the ovulation of mammals!
Essentially, these various linguistic titles seem to be symbolic of The Egg Of Creation. As Christianity began to sweep across Europe, absorbing pagan Spring traditions, potent symbols such as the egg were adapted to become the perfect representation of Jesus' resurrection. The eggshell became a symbol of the tomb, and its cracking representative of Jesus' emergence; life-conquering death.
Whatever its history, today in the Western world, we have come to collectively identify Eastertime as a time of Rebirth, Renewal, Fecundity, and Love. So if you are celebrating Easter and are into the custom of gifting chocolate Easter eggs, why not make ones that truly reflect these qualities. Ones that use real 'love' chocolate, no refined sugars, and no suspect food additives!
It's not as hard as you think. Depending on your time, level of confidence, and creativity, you can choose to stop at Step 1 and make simple figures or half eggs or take it all the way to Step 3; and involve the kids in the process! Whatever you choose, you can be sure that you will have made Real Chocolate Easter Eggs that are an exceptional treat.
Servings: 20 small eggs (depending on size of molds)
Keywords: Cacao, Chocolate, Easter, Easter Eggs
Recipe by Keith's Cacao Practitioner Verity Stevens