Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/03/30/creme_eggs/

Sugar content now to be measured in Cadbury Creme Eggs

1 Coke = 2 choc-nugs packed with, well, whatever it is

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 30th March 2012 15:30 GMT

It's evident that our beloved readers share our penchant for improbable and unorthodox units of measurement, because we've had a load of emails pointing us in the direction of XKCD, where the Cadbury Creme Egg has officially become the measure of how much sugar there is in a fizzy drink.

Good stuff, although the idea of drinking two dissolved Creme Eggs is indeed "pretty gross". One 12oz can of Coke packs 39g of sugar, which by our reckoning is 1.95 US Creme Eggs, although it's only 1.56 UK Creme Eggs.

The discrepancy is because the sugar content of a US Creme Egg is indeed 20g, as XKCD notes, while the rest of the world enjoys a full-fat 25g in every confectionary delight. Hershey, which manufactures the eggs stateside, reduced the weight of the local product from 39g to 34g back in 2006.

I don't know about you lot, but since Easter is approaching, I'm suddenly struck by a desire to nip out and buy a couple of Creme Eggs to see if the sugar hit is indeed as potent as I remember it as a kid. Back in ten minutes...®

Bootnote

According to Cadbury, Brits scoff 200 million Creme Eggs a year - three for every person in the UK. There are more fascinating Creme Egg facts here.