Mum issues warning after discovering how much sugar is in a single Creme Egg

By Staff

Cadbury Creme Eggs are a must-have for thousands of households this Easter – but one mum has sworn of the treats after realising just how much sugar each serving contains

Cadbury Crème Eggs are to Easter what Christmas Cake is to – well, Christmas…

Brits gobble down around 400 million fondant-filled eggs each year, and have been around since 1923. And while nobody expects the sweet treats to count as one of our five a day, you might be surprised at how much sugar one small egg contains.

To her horror, one mum decided to weigh the amount of sugar listed on the ingredients list and compare the huge heap next to a 2p coin for scale. The photo soon went viral and sparked debate as people couldn’t believe how unhealthy the chocolates were, but others say nothing will stop them scoffing gleefully at Easter.

The image left some people dubious, with one writing: “Couldn’t fit that much sugar in the egg. This is a lie.” According to the Cadbury website, each 40g Creme Egg contains 177kcal, 6.1g of fat, 3.7g saturates, 0.06g salt and a staggering 26.5g of sugar.

But with people on the mum’s post doubting her figures, we decided to test it out ourselves – and found that there really is a whopping amount of sugar in a single Creme Egg.

Our photo seems to be slightly less sugar than the mum’s original snap thanks to a more forgiving camera angle, but the results are still eye-opening, with the pile of sugar definitely bigger than the egg itself. NHS guidelines say adults should have no more than 30g of free sugars a day, which is about seven sugar cubes.

For children aged 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 left 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**k off there’s 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***.”

A version of this article was first published on April 5, 2023

Would this put you off a Cadbury Creme Egg or do they simply taste too good? Let us know in the comments.

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