This chocolate shortage we're all hearing about is getting out of hand, and the chocolate companies are telling us through the actions they have to take in order to keep selling it.
I think we’ve all heard the rumors … Cocoa beans are rising in cost because they’re harder now to grow than ever, thanks to climate change. It was only a matter of time before our chocolate got more expensive. We should enjoy having it while it lasts, at this point.
Marketplace reports that there is a worldwide shortage of our main chocolate ingredient. It’s getting harder and harder for farmers to sell what little they have, because exporters are rejecting many of the beans due to small size and high acidic levels. The small beans have less of the much needed cocoa butter, which makes chocolate so delicious. Likewise, high levels of acid erode the quality of the cocoa butter. Could this news be any sadder?
Experts in 2014 even predicted that we’d be in a chocolate shortage by 2020, so you might want to stock up on those expensive bars before they’re absolutely priceless.
So, just how expensive is chocolate getting? Well, according to Munchies, American chocolate-making company Mondelez International (makers of Toblerone, Cadbury and Milka) has angered the U.K. by changing the sizes and shapes of Toblerone bars from 6 ounces and 14 ounces to 5.3 ounces and 12.7 ounces, respectively, and the price has stayed the same. Toblerone posted the announcement on Facebook, mentioning that this type of change is necessary because of how expensive the chocolate is becoming.
Hershey has also made some similar changes, reducing the size of its Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. Baker, a manufacturer of cooking chocolate, has also had to make these types of changes. With coffee and chocolate threatened in today’s world, sad times are surely coming. Who can imagine a world without these two very important staples? I’d say it’s about time to work on the environment, at least for the sake of chocolate!