Europe Has Too Much Chocolate, And It’s Not A Good Thing

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By Cooking Panda

If you are anything like us, the phrase “too much chocolate” is probably as foreign as Ancient Greek or Klingon. 

As shocking as it may sound, however, that is exactly what is happening in Europe at the moment. According to Vice, the continent is currently experiencing a debilitating chocolate surplus, making this the perfect time to take that long-awaited European vacation.

Apparently, the news was brought to light by a recent report from the Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Sprüngli. The company stated that both Switzerland and the European continent are “largely saturated” with chocolate, creating a widespread surplus.

If a chocolate glut sounds like your dream, however, it is important to keep in mind that the situation is likely to have larger consequences than expanding waistlines and increasing dessert options. While the surplus is expected to drive down prices of finished confections, the cost of raw ingredients is currently up; creating a dangerous financial situation that could damage chocolatiers across the European continent.

Even more worrying is the fact that there appears to be no end in sight to the financial difficulties of the issue. The prices of both cocoa and cocoa butter have increased due to rising temperatures in West Africa, and current climate models predict that the sweltering heat will only become worse in coming years.

Either way, we think that it is your civic duty as a citizen of the world to eat as much chocolate as possible over the next few years. Much like America’s cheese surplus, sometimes the only solution is to embrace your inner glutton and loosen your belt!

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Source: Vice / Photo credit: LongitudeLatitude/Flickr

Tags: chocolate, Europe, Surplus
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