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Keep Calm, America: The Cadbury Egg Has Always Been Different Here

Recently,our fine country has gotten into a frenzy. Not because of the Charlie Hebdo massacre or the fact that Ted Cruz, called a "longtime foe Of NASA and science" by Huffington Post, was named chair of the Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness. Nope. Americans are crazed about the Cadbury Egg's recipe being changed.

The thing is, that it's not true. At least here in the United States, it's not. To understand, let's look at the history of Cadbury and that famous egg.

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Cadbury, a British company that specialized in chocolates and cocoas since the early 1800's, introduced their first Easter Egg in 1875 and their first dairy milk bar in the early 1900's. People went wild for the candy that contained even more milk than milk chocolate. It was decades later that the egg and dairy milk merged to become the Cadbury creme egg, consisting of a dairy milk shell and creme "egg yolk". The coveted candy garnered a cult following for its seasonal status and unique taste. About 1.5 million eggs are produced daily at the UK facility for worldwide distribution...except for the United States. Our eggs are manufactured by The Hershey Company.

So what's the difference between the American egg and its UK cousin? Up until now, the UK version was made with a dairy milk shell, which has about as much milk solids as cocoa solids in its ratio. In fact, some people don't even consider dairy milk actual chocolate because of the reduced cocoa content.

The American Hershey's version has always been (and will continue to be) made with a milk chocolate shell. The big kicker? According to a spokesperson for Hershey's, the eggs sold in America aren't made here or in the UK -- they're manufactured in Niagara Canada.

The hubbub is all about the UK version, which will now be made with a standard milk chocolate shell. Also, Brits will also be short-changed in the egg department, because their multi-packs will shrink from a half dozen treats to five. Americans still get six eggs -- just like a half carton of real hen's fruit And, according to Huffington Post, a Hershey spokesperson said that, "Americans just aren't that into Dairy Milk", anyway. So all this chow chow is basically like complaining that the girl you never liked in the first place is dating someone else.

In the end, the sky is not falling, and our eggs are "intact". And for our friends across the pond? Maybe you should heed this sage wisdom, tweeted by @Joannechocolat:

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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