Chocolate egg-making a great Easter tradition
Published: March 31, 2013
The Monroeton United Methodist Church is well known in Bradford County for its chocolate Easter egg creations each year. However, not many are aware of the hundreds of hours that goes into making the eggs in the basement of the church.
This is, in part, because of a recipe shrouded in secrecy which has allowed the church to bring in thousands of dollars every season.
The revenue is possible thanks to 15 to 20 dedicated church members, about half of the active church community, who spend 24 to 30 hours each over the course of the egg manufacturing week. The process this year ran from March 18-22, and in the end, about 6,000 eggs were made.
In the basement of the church an assembly line is created where volunteers each take part in one process of making the eggs. In the first step, the dough rollers, or “holy rollers” as they call themselves, flatten out the flavored fillings. This year, five flavors of eggs were available: peanut butter, coconut, maple nut, strawberry and butter cream; listed in order of popularity.
The next step are the “cutters,” who cut the filling into appropriate sizes and then pass the soon-to-be eggs on to the “dippers.”
The dippers carefully dip the fillings into chocolate shortly before freezing them to promote hardening. Church member Betty Worthington is a “dipper,” and has been for 15 years, since the church began making eggs.
“She just turned 87 years old and she is extremely dedicated. We are very proud of her,” organizer Loraine Cummings said of Worthington.
“This is my favorite part,” Worthington said. “Some people are rollers, some are dippers. I just enjoy helping the church as much as I can.”
The mood on the assembly line remains extremely light throughout the long days, Cummings said.
“It may seem like a tedious task to some, but we have a good time with it,” she noted.
This was echoed by volunteer Darla Morse, saying, “It’s a fun project and it makes the time go fast.”
While the production of eggs took a week’s time, the volunteers spent much more time selling and subsequently delivering some of the eggs. Each volunteer marketed and sold eggs prior to production.
The prices are: $1 for a single egg, $5 for a half-dozen, and $10 a dozen. The eggs could be picked up at the church, but some deliveries were made, for example, to the Bradford County Courthouse, which had a large amount of purchases.
In the past, the money generated from sales has been used for church renovations, such as new flooring after the 2011 flood, and donations to a long list of charitable organizations, church member Sue Dunn said. Mission Central, a mission warehouse of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church, is the main beneficiary of the donations.
MC is dedicated to supplying humanitarian goods and logistical services to hundreds of different ministry and social service agencies, according to its website.
Tim Zyla can be reached at (570) 265-1634; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.