It has been confirmed by science that chocolate, candy-filled Easter eggs popular in Iceland have a great deal of sugar and very little nutrients.
Icelandic Easter eggs come in all shapes and sizes, but MBL set their investigations upon the sizes between 700g and 1kg. These are hollow eggs of chocolate, usually filled with an assortment of different candies.
Nutritionist Steinar B. Aðalbjörnsson contends that the calories alone from the sugar contained in eggs at about the 1kg size are enough for a person to live on for a year. To get the same amount of calories from vegetables, he said, you would need to fill an entire bathtub.
It further came to light that there is little to no nutritional value in chocolate Easter eggs, as they contain mostly what are called “empty calories”. Steinar advised that Icelanders make the most of the Easter eggs they receive, stretching the chocolate and candies out over a much longer period of time than they are maybe accustomed.
Chocolate Easter eggs are very popular amongst Icelanders. Last year, the confectioners Nói Síríus produced 600,000 chocolate Easter eggs to meet popular demand – and they are not even the only company that makes them.