“Páskaegg” – Not just a chocolate egg

Icelandic Easter eggs are quite something else and very dear to Icelanders.

Here are a few fun facts about these delicious and tasty eggs…

– Icelandic Easter eggs are made out of sweet Icelandic chocolate, traditionally given to children but also exchanged by adults.

– Like in some other cultures, some parents hide the egg either in the home or outside in the yard for the kids to find.

-They usually have a yellow Easter chick perched on top for obvious reasons but newer variations offer a plastic smurf or other random plastic cartoon figures on top for a more obscure reason.

-They come in variety of sizes from size 2 to a size 10, depending on the size and appetite of the individual you are offering it to. And it is not uncommon that children get more than one egg during Easter.

-The eggs contain a small bag filled with Icelandic candy AND an Icelandic proverb which are derived from Icelandic medieval sagas. Despite the lure of the candy, the proverb is often times the first thing most people look for when they crack their eggs open. Many people collect them and it’s not uncommon that people around you inquire what proverb you got and share theirs. Here are a couple of examples of these quirky proverbs:

“Blindur er bóklaus maður” meaning “Blind is a man without a book” and “Sá má fullvel fasta sem fisk hefur á borði” meaning “He who has thrown fish overboard, may well fast”

Happy Easter!!