Cadbury Creme Eggs are a staple of spring. The tasty little treats are only available in the weeks leading up to Easter, so you might be tempted to pick up a few while you can. That is, until you see how much sugar goes into just one egg.

A mother took to Facebook last week to show just how much sugar one Creme Egg contains, using a 2p for size reference. Sure, no one thought they were a health food, but it took seeing exactly how much sugar is in each egg to set off an internet storm.

“Warning, may upset Creme Egg lovers,” Rebecca Balham posted on her Facebook page, The Little Red Hut Home & Gifts.

The post has since had more than 16,000 comments and has been shared nearly 8,000 times. The comments range from outrage to disbelief, but most people are standing by their love of the Easter candy icon.

Cadbury lists the Creme Egg’s ingredients as: sugar, milk, glucose syrup, cocoa butter, invert sugar syrup, dried whey (from milk), cocoa mass, vegetable fats (palm, shea), emulsifier, dried egg white, flavourings and colour (paprika extract).

Sugar is by far the main ingredients. Each egg contains 26 grams of the stuff — that’s six teaspoons.

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 25 grams, or 6 teaspoons, per day for women, and no more than 37.5 grams, or 9 teaspoons, per day for men.

But the shocking scene isn’t even going to stop Bilham from forgoing the frightening food.

“I have let my son eat them at Easter, but I am conscious of his daily intake anyway, and when you see eye opening content like this on social media it does make you stop and this twice,” Bilham told The Independent. “However, we are chocolate lovers in our household and won’t be stopping eating them completely! Everything in moderation I think.”

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.