KERNERSVILLE, N.C. – You may very well have seen them out and about or may have been lucky enough to taste them.
This is the story behind the shiny, foil-wrapped baskets of homemade chocolate covered eggs for sale at restaurants and shops all over the Piedmont.
Twenty-six years ago, church members at First Presbyterian Church in Kernersville wanted to find a way to raise money for the church's new Fellowship Hall.
After yard sales and other fundraisers didn't net a whole lot of money, they scored big when a church in Pennsylvania shared its secret egg recipe, with one ultra-important condition.
"We were to keep the recipe secret, we promised them we would. They figured we were far enough away from them to not hurt their sales and they were kind enough to share it with us," remembers longtime chocolate-egg-making volunteer Kay Sudderth.
The church's building was paid off within a few years of the fundraising and now all of the profits go to local charities.
"We do car seats that the fire department gives out, we send kids to camp, we do scholarships," said Sudderth.
It's a well-oiled assembly line operation at the church. For three days each week in the eight weeks leading up to Easter, volunteers from the church and people from other denominations scoop out, ball, shape, hand dip, foil-wrap and sell some 80,000 chocolate covered peanut butter and coconut eggs. It takes three days to make an egg.
To this day, according to Sudderth, only three people down here know the recipe.
You can order the tasty morsels of chocolatey goodness at the church or online at fpckernersville.org.