There are many things that are studied in this world, and one imagines the scientist’s life sometimes takes a path they had not expected. Perhaps that’s how those involved in Confectionery News manage to enjoy their job so much – by producing a map of the Top 20 Chocolate-Consuming nations of the world, using data from Euromonitor. It has, in my opinion produced a very intriguing table. Switzerland is at the top with an enormous 9kg per capita – the equivalent of eating 225 bars of Divine Chocolate each year!! In one way this sounds heavenly, but that is so much chocolate, even for a chocolate lover to take on. Germany, seen as a relatively health-conscious country, comes in a close 2nd with 7.9kg, whereas the USA, regarded generally as unhealthly and a driver in world obesity is near the bottom with 4.3kg. Although, you can merely surmise from this table, rather than prove cause and effect, it is interesting to consider the growing data on the health benefits of eating chocolate, especially when low in sugar and high in cocoa content. We are moving towards a time when cocoa is seen as not only good for us but fully beneficial to our health. To this I say a hearty ‘whoop’, but also it fills me with respect for this little bean, that is loved all over the world, giving a living to so many people, and that we are just beginning to appreciate the powers it truly holds. Happy Eating and Drinking – just make sure it’s in moderation!