Europe consumes about 50% of cocoa produced in the world. Ivory Coast and Ghana on the other hand, are the leading producers. The bean to bar process of making chocolate starts by growing, followed by fermenting and drying of the beans. The last process is manufacturing; this process involves primary and secondary manufacturing where sorting, cleaning and finally mixing cocoa with milk and sugar is done.
Some of the famous personalities recognized for making bean to bar chocolate in New York include; Cacao Prieto, Daniel Sklaar, Cecelia Tessieri and the Mast Brothers. Valentine’s Day is recognized as the chocolate love day. On this day, about $19 billion worth of chocolate is sold in the US alone. In 2015, American’s purchased 8.6 lbs of chocolate per person.
The top 5 leading consumers of chocolate in the world in 2015:
The Swiss are world renowned for their skills in making premium chocolate. The two leading confectionery companies in Switzerland are Nestle and Lindt. The country’s consumption rate stood at 18.1 lbs per person in 2015.
In 2015, Germans consumed 16.3 lbs of chocolate per person. A special type of milk chocolate called Alpenmilch-Schokolade from the Alps is one of German’s favorite.
Austrians consumed 15.7 lbs of chocolate per individual in 2015. The Mozartkugel, named after famous composer Mozart is one of the country’s favorite chocolate treat.
The Irish purchased 15.1 lbs of chocolate per person in 2015. Most Irish shop for their chocolate at various supermarkets including the Tesco chain.
People in the UK purchased 14.6 lbs of chocolate per person in 2015. Cadbury has been at the forefront of producing, blending and marketing Chocolate since the 1800’s.
Some of the leading brands of chocolate bar brands in the UK and the world include Bournville, Kit Kat, Mars Bar, Snicker and Yorkie. It is very interesting to know how some of these names came about. First, Bournville a product of Cadbury Dairy Milk was launched in 1908. The product is named after the factory location in Birmingham. The name Kit Kat was first coined in 1937 after the Kit Kat factory began producing Kit Kat Chocolate Crisp. Others believe the name originated from the famous Kit Kat Club, jazz club in London. The Yorkie bars were first sold in the UK in 1976. The name is a reference to the City of York.