If you don’t like chocolate, chances are you’re one of few. Americans eat nearly 18% of the world’s chocolate confectionery value — that’s around $18.27 billion worth! Whether we’re eating it in the form of cakes, candy bars, milkshakes, ice cream, fondue or small, individually wrapped pieces, chocolate is a common and often addicting treat for many.
Besides the possible sugar overload and questionable ingredients that many companies use, there is another downside to chocolate, as good as it may taste. Many Americans purchase chocolate without thinking about where it actually came from or who made it. While this might not sound like a big deal, it is, because a variety of large corporations have been accused of using child slavery to produce the chocolate you might be purchasing.