The Easter Egg may seem like a fairly modern tradition but this Springtime treat has quite its roots in history. Dating back to ancient civilizations, the “egg” has long been a symbol of life, embodying the fundamental elements of the world. Later under pagan rule, the egg came to symbolize rebirth and fertility, a passing of time from Winter into Spring in honor of the equinox.
This small, yet potent religious symbol was held in great esteem, and the fate of the coming harvest season would rely upon this very symbol. It is even thought that Ancient Romans would color eggs and bury them in the ground, to bring on the prosperity of a new harvest season.
The tradition of the egg continued on into modern day, and somewhere along the lines even turned into a chocolate tradition. The classic chocolate Easter egg we know and love today, originated in France and Germany in the 19th century, and made its way throughout the Christian world.
EASTER EGGS IN ITALY
Italy is no stranger to this chocolate culinary treat. Ranging in flavors, the chocolate Easter egg comes in dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate. Typically, these are given on Easter Sunday to children and adults, and the classic chocolate Easter egg is wrapped in festive paper. Crack open the egg and you usually find an Easter surprise hidden well within the hollow middle.
You don’t need to look towards store bought eggs for your Easter treat. Italians often opt for artisanal made eggs with ornate decorations and fine quality chocolate. What is the best thing to go with your chocolate Easter egg? A Carpineto wine. While spending time at home, whether in company or with loved ones in this period, it is important we pamper ourselves and indulge in the finer things in life.
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