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.