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Jelly beans, chocolate and plastic eggs: Easter by the numbers (10 items)

By , Deseret News

April 20, 2014

Although Easter usually falls in the middle of the "best holiday" list, Americans still spend billions of dollars celebrating.

Easter has morphed throughout the years to include a variety of items Americans purchase and make throughout the months of March and April.

Here are some statistics:

1 of 10. Dollars spent

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are projected to spend an average of $137.46 on Easter-related items this year, with the total amount equaling around $15.9 billion. This amount is slightly lower than last year’s average of $145.13 a person ($17.2 billion overall).

2 of 10. How many people identify themselves as Christians

According to a 2012 Gallup poll, 77 percent of Americans identified themselves as Christians. Approximately 52 percent said they were Protestant/Other Christian, 23.3 percent identified as Catholic, and 2.1 percent identified as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

3 of 10. How many people attended church on Easter Sunday

Last year, PR Newswire reported a survey conducted by the Knights of Columbus to determine how many people were planning on attending Easter Sunday church services. They found that nearly 6 in 10 Americans (58 percent) were planning to attend church services.

4 of 10. Jelly beans

According to Statistic Brain, approximately 16 billion jelly beans are produced for the holiday. The National Confectioners Association noted that the most popular flavor is cherry, followed by strawberry. Licorice placed third with lemon and grape at the bottom of the list. Approximately 21 percent of those surveyed noted they preferred a flavor that wasn't included in the five listed.

5 of 10. Chocolate bunnies

Annually for Easter, 90 million chocolate bunnies are made. More than 88 percent of Americans surveyed by the National Confectioners Association said they eat a chocolate bunny by starting with the ears, 6.6 percent of people said the feet, and 4.7 percent start with the tail.

The largest chocolate bunny on record was made in South Africa in 2010. The 3,010 kg (6,635 pounds, 91 ounces) treat took three days to make by four people.