Food in France is taken extremely seriously which means that there are some truly delicious chocolate masterpieces to enjoy.
But it is not only chocolate eggs that are eaten in France for Easter - the French also eat a lot of chocolate fish!
Although not directly related to Easter, chocolate fish adorn all the best chocolatier's windows and are enjoyed throughout the entire Easter season. The fish start appearing in shops on April 1st, when children use paper versions to play an April Fools type trick. The 'trick' is to stick a paper fish onto the back of as many adults as possible, then run away yelling, "Poisson d'Avril!" (April fish!).
The tradition is several centuries old. Some say it evolved from a silly 'fish trick' where one would send an unknowing person to market to buy freshwater fish when it was not in season - kind of like the British traditions of sending someone for a 'long weight' or a 'sky hook'.
"Pourquoi?" I hear you ask?
So what is a bell to do if one cannot ring?
They all fly to Rome where they are blessed by the Pope and filled with chocolates and eggs, which are distributed to all of the homes of France as they fly back to their churches.
Many children wake up on Easter Sunday and find eggs scattered about their rooms. They look in the nests they have placed in their yards or gardens and find Easter eggs in them.