1035: Cadbury Eggs

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
(Redirected from Cadbury Eggs)
Jump to: navigation, search
Cadbury Eggs
When they moved production from New Zealand to the UK and switched from the runny white centers to the thick, frosting-like filling, it got way harder to cook them scrambled.
Title text: When they moved production from New Zealand to the UK and switched from the runny white centers to the thick, frosting-like filling, it got way harder to cook them scrambled.

[edit] Explanation

Cadbury Eggs are a chocolate egg-shaped candy with a filling. They are supposed to replicate a real egg with a hard exterior and soft interior. However, unlike real eggs, the exterior is edible.

In this comic, Cueball is trying to say that sodas have way too much sugar to even be appealing as beverages, because they contain as much sugar as 2 or 3 Cadbury Eggs, and one Cadbury Egg alone makes him feel sick.

However, Megan interprets this in precisely the opposite way to what Cueball intended. Instead of comparing soda to Cadbury Eggs, she compares Cadbury Eggs to soda. If a few Cadbury Eggs have the same amount of sugar as soda, Megan can eat as many as she wants year-round in place of soda, with no additional guilt. Cadbury Eggs are usually consumed around Easter — which is usually anywhere from late March to late April.

The title text mentions the closure of the manufacture in New Zealand in 2009 and the change of the filling from runny to thick as a consequence. The joke here is the comparison to real eggs, who can be cooked scrambled, the new thick filling is not liquid enough to be cooked in a pan, as was the old runny filling.

Cadbury Eggs and the high sugar content of soda are referenced again in 1793: Soda Sugar Comparisons.

[edit] Transcript

[Two Cadbury eggs, one in the foil, the other out of the foil and broken open to reveal the gooey center.]
A Cadbury egg has about 20g of sugar. (25g outside the US.) "One Cadbury Egg" is a nice unit of sugar content.
[A can of soda with an equals sign and two eggs; a bottle of soda with an equals sign and three eggs.]
One 12oz. can of soda has about two Cadbury eggs worth of sugar. One 20oz. bottle has three.
[Two unwrapped Cadbury eggs, with an arrow indicating they should be placed in a glass of water.]
One Cadbury egg is enough to make me feel kinda gross. Now when I see Coke or Snapple or Nestea or whatever, I imagine drinking a couple of dissolved Cadbury eggs.
[Megan puts her hand to her chin in thought, Cueball has his arms out in exclamation.]
Megan: Wow. Huh. So the takeaway is... I can eat Cadbury eggs by the handful all season and feel no worse about it than I do about soda?
Cueball: That's not really—
Megan: This is awesome!
Cueball: *sigh*

comment.png add a comment! ⋅ comment.png add a topic (use sparingly)! ⋅ Icons-mini-action refresh blue.gif refresh comments!


They can't *all* be like that. I'm pretty sure the ones with caramel fillings have waay more calories than the average egg, and coke zero probably amounts to less than one egg. Davidy22[talk] 08:34, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

true, but it's worse for you for completely different reasons. Xseo (talk) 10:07, 15 April 2013 (UTC)
surely coke zero isn't technically food. why not replace it with hummingbird urine? naturally sweet! 01:33, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

Out of sheer intellectual curiosity do humming birds urinate? (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Re: Intellectual curiosity -- No. The white stuff on bird poop is eurine.

Packaging colours, filling colour, and title-text indicate that it's about the cream eggs, not caramel. Is it more common in America to call them Cadbury eggs and not cream eggs? Seems weird to this Brit, Cadbury's is the brand, they do more than just eggs, and we typically say Cadbury's with the possessive apostrophe-s. Also of note is the year-round thing. Cream eggs are sold year-round, but are stocked in higher quantities over Easter (and green-yolked ones for Halloween), but their advertising campaign here tends to suggest that they are available exclusively in those two seasons (worse, Halloween is actually very rare to see in televised advertising, as by then the larger shops are decorated for Christmas. I don't recall ever seeing Halloween egg adverts, somebody scour YouTube?) 01:56, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

Unfortunately, unlike in Britain, the cream eggs are all that can be found in the US from Cadbury. So naturally they became "the" Cadbury product. Some import stores have chocolate bars, but they're hard to find. And in either case they're actually manufactured by Hershey under license (although they're still better than normal Hershey chocolate). And for the most part, while they can easily be found here year-round, in Easter most stores will put them by the registers and in general this is the only time they're really brought to social awareness. Also, I've found that, at least in American English, whether we use the possessive for brand names is entirely dependent on the brand (and rather random in my opinion), but both tend to sound right. 01:48, 6 January 2015 (UTC)

Anyone saw snapple? It is a reference to a previous "Snapple" xkcd comic and I believe it is worth noting 09:14, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

It's also the name of a drink in the US. It's probably a coincidence.-Pennpenn 01:03, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

They have Cadbury's products over there despite the sewer pipe issue issue? I used Google News BEFORE it was clickbait (talk) 22:53, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

You might want to clarify the issue you're talking about, Shrapnel. -Pennpenn 01:03, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Eggshells are edible albeit not tasty. -- 01:43, 13 June 2016 (UTC)

Personal tools


It seems you are using noscript, which is stopping our project wonderful ads from working. Explain xkcd uses ads to pay for bandwidth, and we manually approve all our advertisers, and our ads are restricted to unobtrusive images and slow animated GIFs. If you found this site helpful, please consider whitelisting us.

Want to advertise with us, or donate to us with Paypal?