A father was forced to confess to his five-year-old son that the Easter Bunny doesn’t exist – after his daughter found a WORM in her chocolate egg.
Craig Hunt, 39, said he was “disgusted” when Lucy, 10, discovered the creepy crawly, but the worst part was when little Ethan asked: “Why did the Easter Bunny do that?”
Both children have now left all their eggs uneaten and the family say, “the magic of Easter has been ruined”.
Speaking from her home in Bakersfield, Nottingham, devastated Lucy said: “I was about to eat it and I’d picked up the egg, ready to take a big bite.
“I glanced around the egg as I put it to my mouth, and there was this worm starring right at me. It made me want to heave.
“I ran off to the toilet thinking I was going to be sick. It was disgusting.
“It’s definitely put me off Easter eggs, I didn’t want to eat any of them after that.
“I’m not even sure about chocolate. If I do have them again, I’ll be looking at them top to bottom before I eat anything.”
Footage shot by the family shows the bug wriggling around on Sarah’s eggs with what appears to be a trail of eggs behind it, while Ethan can be heard saying, “Can I still eat it?”
Sales manager Craig said: “I don’t care about the money, it’s the fact that the Easter experience has been ruined for Ethan now.
“He probably had a few years left believing in the Easter Bunny, but when he asked me why the Easter Bunny left a worm in the egg I had to explain.
“It was an awkward conversation, to tell him that the Easter Bunny didn’t exist and mum and dad had bought them an egg with a worm in it.
“I looked it up, and apparently small moths lay these type of worms, or grubs, in chocolate factories.
“I know the Easter experience is about the religious side, but the kids still think it’s about chocolate and bunnies.
“We were trying to keep the magic alive, especially because we’ve got a younger lad who is five.
“But when something like this happens you have to explain that mummy and daddy bought the egg from the shop, which is quite sad really.
“We’d scattered some eggs about the house and this egg was part of the hunt.”
Mr Hunt said that Ethan still wanted to try the egg, with the worm inside.
He said: “Obviously I said no, but I’m quite concerned as to what could have happened if Lucy had have eaten it.
“It was very close. She noticed it out of the corner of her eye the moment she was about to eat it.
“It completely ruined the whole Easter experience.”
Mum Lindsy, 37, a hairdresser, bought the egg from the range on February 26 and they have since written to the store and their suppliers Hancocks, which is based in Loughborough, to complain.
Craig said: “Hancocks asked us to send the sample back to them to investigate and the Range just asked us for proof of purchase. There wasn’t even an apology at first.
“Now they’ve apologised, but I don’t think there’s going to be a product recall even though I advised they should.
“I expect there are a few families out there who haven’t finished their eggs yet, and if they have worms too with eggs that have hatched, it doesn’t bare thinking about.”