Who Eats the Most Chocolate?

Food & Drink | December 14, 2015
Excel Sheet

There's no easy way to say this: You're eating too much chocolate, all of you. If you don't slow down, you‘ll be heading the world towards a great chocolate disaster.

Dry weather in West Africa, a nasty fungal desease call ‚frosty‘ and finally, the world's insatiable appetite for chocolate - these are the main reasons why cocoa prices have climbed by more than 60% since 2012, when people started eating more chocolate than the world could produce. Last year, the world ate roughly 70,000 metric tons more cocoa than it produced. 

Few cocoa-producing countries are big chocolate consumers because chocolate is a luxury. Ivory Coast, Indonesia, Ghana, and Nigeria, all of which have per capita GDPs well below the global average, lead the world in cocoa production. In contrast, wealthy Western Europe constitutes 6 percent of the world’s population, but eats 45 percent of its chocolate.

The top chocolate-eating nations are no surprise Germany, followed by Switzerland, home to chocolate giants Nestlé and Lindt. Every German person consumes 11,6 kg a year  - the equivalent of 270 regular-sized chocolate bars.

If you were to eat a regular-sized chocolate bar (43g) every day, your consumption would be 15.7 kg a year. But, please don't try that :-)