This egg must never come out of its shell.
For 53-year-old Ainslie Peters, a Cadbury Creme Egg has become something of a “family heirloom”. The unopened confection that the Irish-based woman always displays recently turned 50 years old.
According to the Scottish News Agency, the treat was purchased as a gift to Peters’ grandmother Jean on her first date with husband Dan Peters in 1973 The courier.
However, when Jean died in 2010, the egg was the only thing Peters wanted, and she has displayed it in her own home ever since.
“I can’t quite believe that the egg has survived this long and has now reached the ripe old age of 50,” Peters told the outlet. “But it has been treasured, first by my grandma and now by me, so who knows how long it will last?”
Originally the Cadbury called Fry’s Creme Egg When introduced in 1963, it is an oval-shaped chocolate filled with a “white gooey” fondant center consisting of sugar, milk, glucose syrup, cocoa butter, invert sugar syrup, dried whey, vegetable fats and dried egg whites.
The candy giant recently hyped on its website that over 500 million – or $91 million worth – of these candies are made all year round – and not just at Easter time. Two thirds of these delicious chocolate ovals are now consumed by British citizens alone.
Peters now remembers the treat from her childhood, prominently displayed in a cupboard at her grandmother’s house in Glasgow.
When Jean met Dan, she was recently widowed and in her mid-50s, she told the South West News Service in 2019, but they soon fell in love and married just a year after meeting.
Peters called the Cadbury confectionery on display in her beloved grandmother’s home the “special egg” and simply remembered it as just “always there.”
Whenever Peters and her two sisters asked her grandmother why she was still holding on to it, Jean just laughed it off, she said.
According to a South West news service, she eventually told them the story of their first date Report, and they understood its meaning.
“However, it must have actually had significant sentimental value for them to have kept it all these years,” Peters recently told The Courier.
“Cream eggs were still quite a novelty back then as they hadn’t been on the market long,” she continued.
Now the egg sits in Peters’ own glass case, next to a religious order from her father’s funeral and a small wooden model of the Glasgow skyline.
Although the confection evokes many nostalgic feelings for her, there is something else that prevents Peters from opening 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 stays on display in my own cupboard.”