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10 Facts You Didn't Know about Chocolate

By Laura Rancie.
Chocolate is my friend. 

We grew up together. I can’t think of any childhood memories that chocolate and I didn’t do together. Chocolate came to my wedding, we travelled the world together and the real sign of a true relationship, chocolate has been there for me through all the hard stuff, the ugly cries and the heartbreaks. Yup – chocolate and I have done a lot together. 
10 Facts You Didn't Know about Chocolate

This is why I am genuinely excited to share the entire week’s editorial theme, with my friend, Chocolate. 

Here are 10 fascinating facts about everyone’s favourite treat:
  • There’s no real surprise that the United States is the world’s leading confectionary market but last year, each Australian spent just under $200 on chocolate.
  • Chocolate was included in WWII soldier rations. 
  • Half of the population ate chocolate last year (which begs me to ask – what were the rest doing if they went a whole year without?).
  • 56% of Aussies prefer milk chocolate.
  • The chocolate block voted Australia’s favourite in 2021 was from ALDI with their Choceur block.
  • We spent more than $5 billion on chocolate in 2022, but the industry is worth more than $100 billion worldwide. 
  • Specifically, there are 429 chocolate and confectionary manufacturers in Australia.
  • Cacao beans were once used as currency, but these days we just celebrate World Chocolate Day in July each year. 
  • The word chocolate comes from the Aztec word 'xocoatl'.
  • Chocoholism is a real thing and it's the fear of running out of chocolate.
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