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It's National Chocolate Week: facts and figures

It's National Chocolate Week: let's discover some interesting facts. The love affair with chocolate began over 4000 years ago with the ancient Olmec people of Mexico, where the cocoa tree grew wild.

Consumed worldwide, the industry is now so large that 40-50 million people derive their livelihoods from it and is worth approximately £83 billion per year.




As economies develop and wealth increases, chocolate is one of the first items that people in the growing economy want to have. The statistics on chocolate consumption prove it;

-- 50% of the world’s chocolate retail sales occur on the European continent, whereas the United States accounts for 20% of the world’s chocolate consumption.

-- The average Brit, Swiss, or German citizen will each eat around 24 pounds of chocolate a year. This means that they eat about as much chocolate every year as seafood.

-- Women [91%] prefer to eat chocolate slightly more than men [87%].

-- Chocolate significantly reduces theta activity in the brain, which is associated with relaxation, which is why we want to eat chocolate when we’re feeling stressed out.

-- Two-thirds of chocolate is consumed between meals. 22% of all chocolate consumed between 8pm and midnight.

-- Christmas is the first highest day for chocolate sales followed by Valentines.

-- More than 90 million pounds of chocolate are purchased for the Halloween holiday.



Posted By The Taste House at 16/10/2018

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Hay Hampers are passionate creators and suppliers of luxury wine and food gifts -not just at Christmas,  We have gifts for every occasion. We have a wide range of birthday gift hampers, Valentine's Day or thank you gifts with delicious, gourmet food and the best wines are our specialism.  All our gifts are beautifully packaged and sent with free UK delivery including a proper gift card (we even inspire you with gift messages here). We cater bulk orders and bespoke hampers for our corporate business customers sending hamper gifts to employees or clients. We are passionate about customer service and will always do whatever we can to help you. Call, email, live chat, facebook message or try our help pages for assistance.

Our mission is to make gift giving an easy pleasure with our perfectly presented premium products! We hope your recipient enjoys their hamper and have a Very "Hampery" Christmas with one of our best-selling food and wine gifts include luxury cheese board selections for him. or a chocolate hamper for her. Try something different with our authentic range of Italian hampers with Prosecco for foodies. We also love our range of craft beer & snack gifts. Our range includes gin & whisky spirit gifts. We also have a range of traditional British foods, such as Port & Stilton, or Afternoon Tea gift, and special dietary requirements gifts such as Vegan hampers so you can find the best hamper gift for you.