Today's Excuse to Eat More Chocolate Involves Kazakhstan

By Mike Pomranz |

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Very important question: which country do you think consumes the most chocolate? Nope, not America. In fact, we are way behind.

According to ConfectioneryNews, Switzerland is once again leading the way. What is more shocking is how far ahead they are. At 9 kg per person (roughly 19 lbs. for us Americans), the Swiss eat about 14 percent more chocolate than the next highest country on the list, Germany, who still eats a whopping 7.9 kg (17.4 lbs.) each. And Switzerland eats over double the amount of chocolate the U.S. does.

To put all this in perspective, your basic Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar is 43 grams. That means the average Swiss citizen eats the equivalent of 209 bars a year. That’s like a fulltime chocolate eating job! The U.S. by comparison ranked a paltry 17th (behind well-known chocolate powerhouses like Kazakhstan and New Zealand), eating just 4.3 kg (9.4 lbs) per person – the equivalent of a sad 100 Hersey’s bars.

Even worse, whereas most countries saw an uptick in chocolate consumption, American numbers actually went down slightly. 

Here’s your complete list of the top 10: Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Ireland, United Kingdom, Norway, Estonia, Slovakia, Sweden, Kazakhstan. Now, help us catch up to Kazakhstan.

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