First invented by Native Americans as a drink, chocolate (which gets its name from the Aztecs) has become popular worldwide as a sweet treat. Chocolate can range from Tootsie rolls to gourmet candy or even wedding candy, and chocolate can also be made into chips for baking or as a liquid, such as hot chocolate (thus bringing it full circle). Some of the most chocolate-hungry nations today include the United States and Switzerland, who both have high rates of consumption per capita. Other kinds of candy aside from Tootsie rolls or chocolate bars can be found as well, such as mint candy or gummy candy. What’s the size of the American market for sweet chocolate, and when are some great times to try out this treat? There’s many ways to enjoy Tootsie rolls or candy, but no wrong way.
Americans and Chocolate
Often, it is the Swiss people who consume the most chocolate per capita, but Americans are not too far behind in this category, especially if this is broadened to all types of candy. Today, the average American eats nearly 25 pounds of candy every year, and about 50% of that candy comes from the 51 or so chocolate bars that Americans eat annually. This is a frequent treat; it has been found that nearly one in four American adults will choose at least one piece of candy to eat every day of the week, and this is often chocolate. The average American eats chocolate for nearly 50% of their yearly candy consumption, though this may vary from person to person based on personal preference. This adds up fast: around 2.8 billion tons of chocolate is consumed by Americans every year, and that averages out to 11 pounds of it per person. When is the right time for Tootsie rolls, mints, or gummy candies?