Photostory #49: Art Began in Biblical Times
National Film Board of Canada
March 30, 1956
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Though the idea of the chocolate Easter egg was hatched in fairly recent years, modern man owes his sweet tooth to his biblical forefathers. Historians mention that Egyptians candied dates in honey over 4,000 years ago, that King Tut's storied tomb contained a good supply of licorice to sweeten his trip to the Great Beyond, and that early Aztecs introduced their Spanish conquistadors to chocolate and vanilla. Today, the enormous Canadian demand for sweets helps pay the wages of 9,000 workers in 184 establishments manufacturing candy, and output of candies and chocolates adds up to a whopping $103 millions Canadian industry.