(Andrew McDaniel)

From Guacamole To Coffee To Beef To Bourbon, Your Favorite Things Will Cost More In 2015

While the prices on certain things will inevitably decrease in the coming year — like the cost of my 1989 Daihatsu Charade or the amount of money I need to spend on shampoo — lots of things are expected to get pricier. Unfortunately, a number of these more expensive items are probably on many of your “things I really enjoy” lists. [More]

(Great Beyond)

Hershey Considering Replacing High-Fructose Corn Syrup With Sugar In Some Products

While some products from Hershey already feature only sugar as a sweetener, like the original Hershey’s chocolate bar, the company says that as more customers are shying away from high-fructose corn syrup, Hershey is considering moving toward sugar for more products in the future. [More]

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Find The Nearest Chair, Sit Down: Chocolate Makers Warn Of Impending Global Shortage

As I write this, I am clutching a bag of individually wrapped chocolate morsels and imagining the most satisfying rationing plan I can think of, as panic threatens to seize my heart and throw me into a fit of anxiety. Yes, people, there’s a global chocolate shortage on the horizon, and it’s coming for you. [More]

Belgian Chocolate Company ISIS Decides It’s A Pretty Good Idea To Change Its Name Right About Now

(ISIS Chocolates)

It was only last year when a Belgian chocolate company called Italo Suisse decided to change its name. After all, 90 years after its founding, the business had no real connections to either Italy or Switzerland anymore. But yeah, if anyone at the company had realized there was another ISIS out there, that would definitely not have been the name it chose to switch too. [More]

Maker Of Nutella Buys Hazelnut Supplier To Keep The Choco-Spread Flowing

Maker Of Nutella Buys Hazelnut Supplier To Keep The Choco-Spread Flowing

What do hail storms in Turkey have to do with the supply of Nutella at your local grocery store? A lot, actually. Hazelnut prices are away up due to a worldwide shortage. Ferrero, the company that makes Nutella, uses about 25% of the hazelnuts in the world. It and simplified its supply chain this year by acquiring a major hazelnut processor, Oltan in Turkey. [More]

(Anne Petersen)

Get Ready To Pay More For Chocolate; Hershey Raises Prices For First Time In 3 Years

Your chocolate buying dollar is about to get slightly less valuable. Hershey announced last night that a year of rising cocoa prices has forced it to increase the price on just about all of its products by an average of around 8%. This is the first time the nation’s largest candy company has raised prices since 2011. [More]

Kill Time Before Easter Weekend With This Video Of Cadbury Creme Eggs Being Made

Kill Time Before Easter Weekend With This Video Of Cadbury Creme Eggs Being Made

Not all of us — and certainly not all of you — will be celebrating Easter this weekend. But it is a spring Friday afternoon and just about everyone likes chocolate. So what better way to get through the end of the work week than to plug in your headphones (or turn down the volume on your computer) and waste a few minutes watching Cadbury Creme Eggs be brought into this world? [More]

Mars Shells Out $270M For Its First New Candy Factory In 35 Years

Mars Shells Out $270M For Its First New Candy Factory In 35 Years

There are some things you can bet on it’s that there will always be someone, somewhere who wants chocolate. Unless our future alien overlords deprogram our taste for candy, that makes Mars Inc.’s $270 million factory, its first new factory in 35 years, a pretty safe investment. [More]

(Northwest dad)

Lucky Study Participants Will Chow Down On Pills Filled With Dark Chocolate’s Nutrients

You’re probably wondering: Where the heck am I when researchers decide to study the healthful effects of dark chocolate, and how come I can’t be the one gobbling on chocolate pills? Scientists launching a big study on the nutrients in dark chocolate want to see if those cocoa flavanols can help prevent heart attacks and strokes. [More]

Hershey’s Needs Someone To Predict The Future Of Chocolate

Hershey’s Needs Someone To Predict The Future Of Chocolate

In case you’re still hurting over not snagging that “bacon planner” position at Oscar Meyer, get out your corporate crystal balls: Hershey’s is looking for a “Senior Manager” in “Foresight Activation.” Or you know, a Chocolate Futurist. [More]

(strobist)

Yes, we might all be buying a lot of chocolate today (and a lot of half-priced heart-shaped chocolates tomorrow.) While Americans still eat about the same amount of chocolate as we always have, there are fewer people employed in the candy-making industry thanks to overseas production and advances in chocolate-making technology. [CNN Money]

The Best Chocolate Bars For Valentine’s Day (Or Any Day, For That Matter)

The Best Chocolate Bars For Valentine’s Day (Or Any Day, For That Matter)

There is one part of Valentine’s Day that even the loneliest of single hearts can’t be mad about: Candy. Specifically, glorious, melt-in-your-mouth-if-not-your-frozen-heart chocolate. But not all chocolate bars are made the same, so it’s important today (and any darn day you feel like eating chocolate) to suss out the best from the rest. [More]

There Are People Who Actually Like White Chocolate (Even If It’s Not Really Chocolate)

There Are People Who Actually Like White Chocolate (Even If It’s Not Really Chocolate)

Bring up white chocolate to most people and you’ll likely get a nose wrinkle and a, “Who eats white chocolate?”* Seriously — that just happened to me within the hour when discussing this post. But the answer is Brazil, for starters, along with a bunch of other countries where the white chocolate business is booming (even though it’s not reeeally chocolate). [More]

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New From Cadbury: Milk Chocolate Bar With Wasp

How does a wasp end up embedded in a chocolate bar? Cadbury isn’t sure, and neither is the person who allegedly found the insect in his snack. [More]

It’s War, Chocolatey, Sweet War: Hershey’s Unveils Its Own Spread To Fight Nutella

It’s War, Chocolatey, Sweet War: Hershey’s Unveils Its Own Spread To Fight Nutella

This is it. It’s time, finally! It feels like we’ve been preparing for this war all our lives. And by preparing we mean eating things that taste of chocolates and hazelnut and wondering what else could possibly exist with those flavors. Hershey’s has its answer, a line of chocolate spreads that seek to usurp the chocolate spread throne currently held by Nutella. [More]

These tiny Santas will never grow up to be half-ton Santas, but you can eat them. (Wayne Gunn)

Houston Hotel Ruins Perfectly Good Half-Ton Chocolate Santa Claus By Making Him Inedible

You know the only thing wrong with a half-ton chocolate Santa Claus? No, not the 2.5 million calories he’s made of — calories don’t matter during the holidays or whenever a half-ton chocolate figurine is at stake. It’s the fact that the Houston hotel that has him on display has made it so no one can eat Santa. No one. [More]

Whoever Stole $120K Worth Of Chocolate Is Probably Planning One Heck Of A S’mores Party

Whoever Stole $120K Worth Of Chocolate Is Probably Planning One Heck Of A S’mores Party

I’m not saying I’m the sort who consorts with criminals but if whoever stole $120,000 worth of Hershey’s chocolate from a truck is heading off into the woods to have a big bonfire and s’mores party, well, I’m jealous. But the crime part, that’s bad. [More]

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Does The Shape Of Chocolate Change How It Tastes?

If there’s one thing that’s important about chocolate — and there are many — it’s how it tastes. Smooth, velvety, dark or milk chocolatey, all of these factors matter to the refined choco-consumer. But what about its shape? Cadbury aficionados across the pond say once the bars of Dairy Milk changed shape, the taste went out the window. [More]