Creme Egg madness as punters hunt for $3500 special choccie
SUPERMARKET staff have been accused of unwrapping Cadbury Creme Eggs before putting them on the shelves as people hunt for a white version worth £2,000 (A$3,455).
One shopper in Essex said that he found that dozens of eggs in his local Tesco had been opened.
He said: "I opened one of the other boxes that was stacked in the store [below those on display] and they were the same. I can't see how that could have been done by shoppers!"
He instead opted for a pack of five eggs but when he got home he claims those had also been tampered with.
Another Tesco shopper told The Sun he too found eggs that had been opened.
While a third shopper in London said he saw unwrapped eggs in a Sainsbury's Local branch in Putney.
He claims staff on the shop floor were opening the eggs to check them for a prize.
Anyone who finds a white egg must call the phone number printed on the voucher that is under the foil wrapping.
Entrants must be able to answer a series of verification questions, including the unique code on the wrapper, the shop and the location of the purchase.
Cadbury also reserves the right to refuse the prize to anyone who claims.
A single egg costs around 58p (A$1), while a five pack costs £2.85 (A$4.90).
Eggs can only be found in small branches of supermarkets, for example a Tesco Express, Sainsbury's Local or newsagent.
The biggest prize - a hefty £2,000 (A$3,455) - will be hidden in a Co-op store but there have been no clues as to the location of the egg.
Cadbury's US owners Mondelez were accused of "ruining Easter" in 2015 when they changed the recipe for the fondant-filled egg.
In December, shoppers were shocked to find Creme Eggs on sale before Christmas.
Meanwhile, Easter eggs have begun to hit the shelves in supermarkets around the world ... four months early.
Sainsbury's, Tesco and Cadbury are yet to comment.