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The French and chocolate is a love story. From the local chocolateries to the immense hypermarchés, chocolate is found everywhere. Of good or not-so-good quality, chocolate is a favourite sweet delicacy savoured when comes Easter.

Easter eggs hunt © French Moments
Easter eggs hunt © French Moments

The tradition of chocolate eggs at Easter is a long one in France. Half of all French people receive a chocolate gift, according to a 2012 study carried out by TNS Sofres on behalf of the French Chocolate Union.

Chocolate hens, rabbits, eggs and bell shapes are the most popular (74%) followed by the more innovative initiatives from chocolatier artisans (25%). French kids are by far the largest group to receive chocolate but grown-ups are not forgotten either!

It is estimated that 70% of the French buy their Easter chocolates in hypermarkets and supermarkets (les grandes surfaces) and that only 1% dare to order them on-line.

Bauget Easter 2016 05 © French Moments
Easter eggs in a French confiserie © French Moments

After Christmas, Easter is the biggest period of the year for the selling of chocolate. The research estimates that 14,700 tonnes of chocolate were sold during Easter 2012 compared to 34.320 tonnes at Christmas. In 2012 alone, 258,661 tonnes of chocolate were sold in France according to Nielsen research. Each French individual eats an average of 4.2 kg of chocolate per year compared to 11 kg in the UK.

Mon Dieu, que de chocolat !


About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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