A Call to Chocolate Arms

A Call to Chocolate Arms

OK, I saw on the Food Network the other day (LOVE that channel) something I felt we could not take sitting down.

The average consumption of chocolate in Switzerland is 22 lbs per person, per year, or 10 kilos.

The average chocolate consumption in the US is 11.6 pounds per year, or just a little over 5 kilos.

To add insult to injury, you know very well that the 22 lbs in Switzerland also contain far more cocoa solids than what they’re calling “chocolate” in the U.S.� In fact, at a guess, an average of TWICE as many cocoa solids.

That means that, really, the Swiss are getting FOUR TIMES as much of the GOOD chocolate part of “chocolate” as we are.

Four times.� PLUS they have more flavors.� ALTHOUGH I bet they come up with those statistics by calculating the amount of chocolate SOLD in Switzerland per year, which is not entirely accurate, because I personally buy a good 22 lbs in ONE DAY when I visit Switzerland, so you see how tourists could throw things off kilter.� No one really comes to the U.S. with the purpose of buying chocolate.

And…err…I assume I am not the only person to travel to places because of the chocolate they sell?� I’ve only done that three times to Belgium, in case anyone thinks I go overboard on these things.
But–back to the subject:� This is a CALL TO ARMS.

I don’t think we should take this sitting down.� I think it is our PATRIOTIC DUTY to try to beat Switzerland.

Switzerland is NEUTRAL.� You can’t let yourself be beaten by a neutral country.� How would that make you feel?

So:� Here’s the plan.� 10 kilos of chocolate comes to about 200 grams of chocolate a week, or 2 bars of, say, Lindt.

It is your PATRIOTIC DUTY to eat AT LEAST that much chocolate per week until we can get the scales righted.

IF YOU ARE PARTICULARLY PATRIOTIC and willing to SACRIFICE yourself for the PUBLIC GOOD, you could eat 4OO GRAMS OF CHOCOLATE or, even, if you are really brave and a great martyr, MORE, to help offset for people who might not read this blog and realize there is a war going on.

If this is HARD on you, I am sorry.� In times of war, people must do difficult things.� Maybe one day they will call US “The Greatest Generation”.

Or at least, “The Chocolatiest Generation.”� I would be okay with being part of the Chocolate Generation.

Please post your commitment below, as well as any encouraging comments you can think of for the troops on our Chocolate Front.

  • You crack me up. I’ll do my best. 🙂

    February 11, 2008 at 7:05 pm
  • I am trying to do my PATRIOTIC DUTY I promise. Maybe we should make tee-shirts. Clarice

    February 11, 2008 at 8:14 pm
  • Actually, people go to San Francisco for chocolate. I mean, they go there for other reason too, but I do think that most tourists feel the need to eat something by the famous San Francisco chocolatier Ghiradelli while they’re here…er, there. It’s funny that you mention this because hubby was just going on and on about something he saw on television (maybe the same show?) about Europeans eating twice as much chocolate as Americans. He also pointed out that they mentioned that chocolate was full of antioxidants and good for preventing cancer. Then he wanted to know if we had any chocolate IN the house. Since all I had was my GOOD chocolate, I lied and said there wasn’t. And when he insisted he’d seen some I finally admitted yes there was but I wasn’t going to share. I told him I’d get him his own stash. I mean, I have to replenish my own stash anyway, so it’s not a problem. I’ll just buy twice as much. Maybe I should triple my purchases. Just to be on the safe side. And to be patriotic. And speaking of patriotic, you should see my DIL Lisa eat chocolate. Oh. My. Stars. I take a truffle and cut it in half and then have trouble eating half in one sitting. (although, that example is a few years old – I think I could do better now) Lisa, on the other hand, I hand her a chocolate truffle and she pops the entire thing in her mouth and has chewed and swallowed before I’m through my first tiny bite! I mean, it’s like a dog – does she even stop to TASTE it!?!

    February 12, 2008 at 5:02 am
  • Thank you of making us aware of this SERIOUS issue. I am trying to do my part to get the word out. To get a war poster see: http://lafujimama.blogspot.com/2008/02/in-times-of-war.html

    February 12, 2008 at 7:42 am
  • Good idea about the T-shirts, Clarice! 🙂 We can use Fuji Mama’s posters, those are GREAT!

    I’m going to have to grant you San Francisco, Laume, because when Sébastien went there for a conference last year he had strict instructions to visit a list of chocolatiers. He DID NOT DO IT AND IS STILL IN TROUBLE. But most people wouldn’t travel to the US specifically for chocolate, would they? Like certain people–I’m not naming any names–might to France and Belgium and Switzerland?

    Half a truffle at a time is pretty intense self-discipline, I have to tell you. But your husband definitely needs his own stash. The real reason for this in my household is to protect the husband’s stash from ME, though, not the other way around (he eats more slowly–not properly motivated for the war; sometimes he eats one chocolate square a WEEK and then complains when the rest of the bar disappears off his desk when he’s not looking).

    February 14, 2008 at 10:23 am
  • dharmagirl

    have chocolate, will travel, is one of my mottos. i brought a new bar from my good stash with me to an academic conference, and i doubt i’ll share… and the primary reason i want to go to paris (city of lights? romance? bread? fashion?) is chocolate. count me in. this is one war i can glady support, and offer my best chocolate eating talents to the effort!

    February 14, 2008 at 10:06 pm
  • I used to live in Switzerland. The grocery stores have rows of chocolate like in the US there are rows of chips and popcorn. And I mean GOOD chocolate. I miss most the chocolate with whiskey inside. Nothing can compare to Swiss chocolate. I can’t eat anything else anymore. Except maybe chocolate from Puccini chocolate in Amsterdam!!!

    February 15, 2008 at 2:30 pm
  • I had to laugh so badly reading your post. I’m living in Switzerland and can tell you that indeed chocolate is here something very important and very patriotic to eat. I love the fact the here chocolate has a seperate lane or at least stand. I can agree with Alex that there’s nothing better than Swiss chocolate 😉

    February 20, 2008 at 11:28 am
  • Yes, the aisles of good chocolate! I put up some pictures of those a little while back. THAT’s what I want in Target here. And a whole aisle of M&Ms and Hershey’s doesn’t count.

    February 20, 2008 at 1:50 pm

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