With the arrival of Easter, chocolate lovers are prepping for a weekend of cocoa-filled excess.
According to Cadbury, the first chocolate Easter eggs first saw the light of day in the early 19th century, with France and Germany steering the chocolate egg tradition into popular existence.
For chocolatiers and the supply chain that facilitates them, Easter is one of the busiest times of the year. Check out our five favourite factoids of Easter egg trivia:
- Year-round, European countries tend to eat the most chocolate per capita. In 2016, the UK came up trumps consuming 8.61 kg per capita, followed by Switzerland, Germany, Russia and Austria according to Mintel global market research.
- The USA is the biggest consumer of chocolate by volume, getting through a stunning 1.3 million tonnes in 2016.
- The Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Indonesia are the largest producers of cocoa.
- Demand for chocolate is stable in much of the developed world, but continues to grow in countries with fast-expanding middle and upper classes, such as China.
- Fry’s, a British company, produced the first chocolate bar in 1847. According to Rankers.com, KitKat was voted the world’s most popular chocolate bar, with Twix and Snickers coming in second and third place.
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