Willy Wonka would be worried. Americans love chocolate, but the world’s demand is outstripping supply. This according to a recent forecast from chocolate makers Mars, Inc. and Barry Callebaut.
We are already amidst the longest chocolate drought in over 50 years.
Chocolate lovers are expanding along with the world population. In 2013, over the world ate roughly 70,000 metric tons more cocoa than it produced. By 2030 the deficit could reach 2 million metric tons.
Then there was the recent news that Ebola could put a further damper on chocolate production, as it could impact the cocoa farms.
But before pressing the panic button, consider a few alternatives to getting your chocolate fix -- especially if the candy bars start getting scarce.
- Cocoa’s Brazilian cousin, cupuaçu, is a chocolate substitute. It’s made using the beans of the tangy cupuaçu fruit from the same plant family as cocoa
- Carob. Okay it looks kind of funky (especially in the candy form), but it’s lower in fat and higher in calcium
- Glico Chocolate Pocky Sticks. Asians love them and even collect the multiple flavors. The original Pocky sticks are dipped in chocolate frosting. Yumbo!
Or there’s always making the switch to vanilla or strawberry.