After I had posted about my feeling that Cadbury’s Creme Eggs are shrinking, there was a suggestion that perhaps it’s because we are getting so used to larger chicken’s eggs nowadays that the Creme Eggs seem so small. I felt some research was necessary. Of course this meant I had to buy another Cadbury’s Creme Egg – such a hardship, but I think I will cope with having to eat another one. 😉
Here’s a series of photos, which I think demonstrate that Creme Eggs are definitely a lot smaller than they used to be. For the purposes of this research I have used the egg cups we were given when we got married in 1985, which is before we started being able to buy large and x-large eggs (I think), so I presume they were made to fit ‘standard/average’ eggs of the time.
This first photo has a UK small egg on the left and a large egg on the right. I think the small egg looks too small for the egg cup and the large egg seems to fit nicely.
Now here’s the small egg next to the Creme Egg. The Creme Egg is almost lost in the egg cup!
Finally here’s the large egg and the Creme egg.
Not very scientific research, I know, but I think it shows that the Creme Egg is tiny. I remember when Creme Eggs used to sit in the egg cups properly – just like a real egg. Do you remember the little knitted egg cosies that we use to have, to keep our boiled eggs warm? I’m sure they used to fit over the Creme Egg just like a normal egg, and the surprise would be when you lifted the cosy off there was a Creme Egg instead of a boiled egg. I think you’d have to pad the cosy out with something to bulk it up a bit if you were trying to hide a Creme Egg under it these days!