A Few Chocolate Facts - Did you know that 83 billion dollars worth of chocolate are sold annually, worldwide? Chocolate lovers consume over 7.2 million metric tons each year.
Cocoa pods flourish near the equator with 70% of cocoa coming from West Africa. 90% of those crops come from small farmers. Eat chocolate. You are supporting small African cocoa farmers.
And very importantly these days, chocolate is a mood booster as cocoa raises serotonin levels in the brain.
Whenever I travel I make it a point to visit a local chocolate shop or festival. Click here to see ten of the best Chocolate Festivals around the world, including one online festival.