There are many varieties of chocolate out there, and they can be crafted in different ways. Whether you can't get enough of truffles or you like to indulge in fudge, it seems that you can find chocolate around every corner. But who makes the best? And which countries eat the most? Knowing some of these sweet facts can give you something to share with your guests at your next cocktail party.
The World's Biggest Chocolate Lovers
You're not alone in your love for chocolate - in fact, many people can't get enough of this delectable treat, which is why it's so popular around the world. That being said, some countries consume more of the good stuff than others.
As of 2008/2009, CNN.com reports that Europe has the most chocolate lovers - it leads the world with approximately 49 percent of the globe's cocoa consumption. Both U.S. and Canada are in second place at around 22 percent.
When it comes to chocolate consumption per capita, Germany led the charge in 2008 at 11.39 kg. Switzerland wasn't far behind at 10.77 kg - and is it any surprise? After all, this country makes some of the most delectable chocolate bark and candy bars in the world.
Leading Chocolate Exporters
With so many people in love with chocolate, there needs to be a large source. Luckily, there are many exporters of cacao and chocolate around the globe. One country that leads the way when it comes to chocolate production is Belgium, according to USA Today. The country ships 172,000 tons of the good stuff from its ports every year for destinations all over the world.
Other leading producers of chocolate include Switzerland, Italy and Ghana. The Ivory Coast has grown as one of the biggest exporters of cacao, according to CacaoWeb.net.
Gourmet Chocolate Makers
While it's true that many countries around the world produce cacao, there are some regions that are known for gourmet chocolate. Next to Belgium, Switzerland is known for creating gourmet treats that sell for a hefty price (no doubt due to quality).
Italy is home to Amadei chocolates, which is expanding in popularity as well, according to USA Today. The company grows its own cacao beans to craft its treats, making sure each piece is as luxurious as the last.
Whether you have a taste for expensive chocolate or a basic candy bar, there is plenty of this delectable good to go around.