THE age-old question of what sort of creature would emerge from a Creme Egg will finally be answered in time for Easter.
The Institute for Studies has succeeded in fertilizing the fondant embryos using DNA extracted from Penguin biscuits.
The eggs are now being incubated at a secret location by a family of Lindt D’Or chocolate bunnies.
But the scientists remain uncertain about what will emerge when the chocolate shell finally breaks.
Professor Henry Brubaker said: “The team is divided. Some believe it will be a milk chocolate bird with a low cocoa solids content closely resembling a curlew.
“Others think it will be a lizard, possibly a sticky white chameleon capable of changing flavour according to what it’s sitting on.”
Fans of the Creme Egg were excited by the news. Janet Fisher, from Cheltenham, said: “If the creatures that hatch can lay eggs too, then we could have the world’s first truly sustainable gooey chocolate treat.”
But Roy Hobbs, an animal right activist from Walthamstow, said: “We tamper with confectionary nature at our peril.
“Don’t forget that orchard of Terry’s Chocolate Orange Trees near York. They have foil instead of bark and the branches try to grab hold of you.”