Cadbury Creme Eggs Use Strange ‘Secret’ Ingredient To Make Yellow ‘Yolk’

People have been left feeling grossed out after discovering the 'secret' ingredient used to make Creme Egg 'yolks'. 
Credit: Alamy

People have been left feeling grossed out after discovering the ‘secret’ ingredient used to make Creme Egg ‘yolks’. 

It’s Easter weekend, and that means many of us are tucking into our favourite seasonal chocolate.

The Cadbury’s Creme Egg is a true Easter icon, with many of us waiting all year to get our hands on the sweet treat.

But now, people are discovering what actually makes up the yellow tone of the egg’s ‘yolk’ – and it’s leaving some people feeling disgusted!

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“What the hell is this doing in a Creme Egg?!” one X, formerly Twitter, user comments under a post about the topic.

Another user adds: “The mind boggles.”

Somebody else points out: “It’s for colouring – I suspect it’s used for the yolk.”

A fourth shares: “Yes, I can’t even look at them…”

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People have been left gobsmacked after discovering the secret ingredient in Creme Egg ‘yolks’. Credit: Alamy

So, what’s the bizarre ingredient in question?

Well, it’s none other than paprika extract.

The fondant centre of the Creme Egg is its unique selling point, but many fans may not realise that the ‘white’ and the ‘yolk’ contain almost exactly the same ingredients.

There’s no flavour difference between the two components, but there is an extra ingredient that alters the colour of the ‘yolk’ to achieve the treat’s distinctly eggy appearance.

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On a visit to Cadbury HQ in Bournville, a spokesperson for the company told Daily Star the yolk gets its colour from ‘paprika’.

A peek at the ingredients list reveals that the product contains: “Sugar, milk, glucose syrup, cocoa butter, invert sugar syrup, whey powder (from milk), cocoa mass, vegetable fats (palm, shea), emulsifier (E442), dried egg white, flavourings, colour (paprika extract).”

Of course, you shouldn’t be able to taste the savoury spice, and the paprika is just there in a minuscule quantity to alter the yolk’s colour.

The fact that paprika is at the very end of the ingredients list points to how little of it is actually in a Creme Egg.

Paprika powder.
To make the Creme Egg ‘yolk’, paprika extract is used! Credit: Alamy

But what’s even more surprising is that this paprika hack has made its way to the world of real eggs, too.

An investigation found that real-life eggs can sometimes experience the paprika treatment, as per The Telegraph.

And it’s for the exact same reason that Creme Eggs use the ingredient – for the colour!

The bright, orange-y tone of some pricier yolks, which some customers associate with higher-quality and tastier eggs, can actually be produced as a result of feeding paprika to the chickens!

Honestly, you learn something new every day.

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.