This egg may never come out of its shell.
A Cadbury Creme Egg has become somewhat of a “family heirloom” for 53-year-old Ainslie Peters. The unopened confection, which the Ireland-based woman keeps on display, recently turned 50 years old.
The treat was bought as a gift to Peters’ grandmother, Jean, during her first date with husband Dan Peters in 1973, according to Scottish news outlet the Courier.
However, when Jean passed away in 2010, the egg was the only thing that Peters wanted, and she has kept it on display in her own home ever since.
“I can’t quite believe that the egg has survived this long and now reached the ripe old age of 50,” Peters told the outlet. “But it’s been cherished, first by my gran and now by me, so who knows how long it will last?”
The Cadbury, originally called the Fry’s Creme Egg when first introduced in 1963, is an oval-shaped chocolate filled with a “white goo” fondant center comprised of sugar, milk, glucose syrup, cocoa butter, invert sugar syrup, dried whey, vegetable fats and dried egg white.
The candy giant recently hyped on their site that over 500 million — or $91 million worth — of these sweets are made year-round — not just around Easter time. Meanwhile, two-thirds of those delicious chocolate ovals are consumed by just UK citizens alone.
Meanwhile, ever since she was a young girl, Peters remembers the treat prominently sitting in a cabinet in her grandmother’s Glasgow home.
When Jean met Dan, she was recently widowed and in her 50’s, she told South West News Service in 2019, but they soon fell in love and got married just one year after meeting.
Peters called the Cadbury confection displayed in her beloved grandmother’s house the “the special egg,” and simply recalled that it was just “always there.”
Whenever Peters and her two sisters would ask her grandmother about why she was still holding onto it, Jean would just laugh it off, she said.
She eventually told them the story of their first date, according to a South West News service report, and they came to understand its meaning.
“However, it must have really have held significant sentimental value for her to have kept it all those years,” Peters recently told The Courier.
“Creme Eggs were still quite a novelty back then having not long been introduced,” she continued.
Now, the egg sits in Peters’ own glass cabinet, next to an order of service from her dad’s funeral and a small wooden model of the Glasgow skyline.
Although the confection does hold a lot of nostalgic emotions for her, there’s also another thing stopping Peters from opening up the egg and taking a bite.
“Believe it or not I don’t like Creme Eggs,” she said.
“The fondant filling is just too sweet for me so it’ll remain on display in my own cabinet.”
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