“Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies.”
— John Q. Tullius
Last year, over 48 million pounds of chocolate candy was sold during Valentine’s week. Chocolate is a multi-billion dollar industry and one of the most popular foods in the world. It comes in many forms, shapes, and sizes. In the United States, the average American eats about 10-12 pounds of chocolate a year. Interestingly enough, this is nowhere near the consumption amount of the average European; the average Swiss eats about 21 pounds of chocolate a year.
For those interested in learning more about chocolate, here are some books that can be found in the Herman B Wells Library.
Chocolate Wars tells the story of the rivalries between great chocolate dynasties and their quest to make the best chocolate in the world. It describes the history of chocolate and the competition between the Cadbury and Hershey companies to dominate the chocolate market.
The True History of chocolate
Coe, Sophie D.
The True History of Chocolate examines the historical and anthropological impact of what was once considered the “food of the Gods.” It also provides extensive descriptions of the production of chocolate, from the growth of the cacao plant, to refinement and delivery.
Chocolate Fads, Folklore, & Fantasies: 1000+ Chunks of Chocolate
Fuller, Linda K.
Chocolate Fads would be a great book for any chocolate lover. This book provides information about novelties, companies, statistics, sources, and studies, all relating to chocolate. It even provides a 200 question “chocoquiz” at the end.
Chocolate : a bittersweet saga of dark and light
In his book, Chocolate: a bittersweet saga of dark and light, Mort Rosenbaum sought to answer popular chocolate questions by traveling around the world and talking to chocolate masters from the refined Parisian workshops to the factories of Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Chocolate: History, Culture, and Heritage
Chocolate: history, culture, and heritage is an impressive compilation of everything you would ever want to know about chocolate. It is composed of 57 essays written by 100 experts and ranges in topics from art history to molecular biology to criminology to advertising – all relating to chocolate.
The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars
Brenner, Joël Glenn
The Emperors of Chocolate, written by Joel Brenner, is about the chocolate wars between industry giants Forrest Mars and Milton Hershey. It outlines the decades of conflict and competition held between the two companies – legal and marketing fights, intrigue, and personality clashes – and what that might mean for the chocolate industry in the future.