November 17, 2014 2:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]Some chocolate makers, Mars, Inc. and Barry Callebaut, say less cocoa is being produced while more chocolate is being consumed, which could lead to shortages.

In 2013, consumers ate about 70,000 metric tons more cocoa than was produced, The Washington Post reports, and that deficit could go up to 1 million metric tons by 2020. The Ivory Coast and Ghana produce more than 70 percent of the world’s cacao beans, and both countries are experiencing dry weather that limits growth. To make things worse, a fungal disease called frosty pod has destroyed 30 to 40 percent of global cocoa production.

The world’s appetite for chocolate isn’t going away, and some countries, like China, are starting to consume more and more of the sweet treat. Dark chocolate is also rising in popularity, and that takes much more cocoa to create. Although researchers are trying to create trees that can produce more cacao beans than traditional trees, there’s one catch: Chocolate made through this process loses its delicious taste. The only solution is to buy in bulk now and hide your stash where no one can find it.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

10 responses to Uh Oh! World Could Be Running Out Of Chocolate

  1. Bunya November 17th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    It’s a good thing I have a boatload of candy left over from the rainy, cold Halloween we had. Come to think of it, I may be responsible for the chocolate shortage.

  2. Pistol-Packing AKA "Susie" November 17th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    HAAAAAA !!!! And you poke fun at us prepper’s for stockpiling Ammo..

    I cant wait to see the reality tv shows that will split off. “Chocolate Hoarders”, “Doomsday Cocoa Addicts”…

    • Carla Akins November 17th, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      I will cut a bitch for some dark chocolate. Just sayin.

  3. mea_mark November 17th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I thought left leaning sites didn’t promote fear and wide-spread panic. What’s going on.

    • Pistol-Packing AKA "Susie" November 17th, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      but it’s CHOCOLATE !!!!!!!!!!

    • rg9rts November 22nd, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Its a reality check

  4. Boehner-Monkey November 17th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    In related news, ground penetrating radar has found a mysterious 400 ton stash of Cocoa Puffs below the Mormon Temple.

    • rg9rts November 22nd, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Next to Hoffa’s body

  5. CHOCOL8MILK November 17th, 2014 at 6:07 pm


  6. rg9rts November 22nd, 2014 at 9:18 am