Remember my chocolate budget? Well, I better start saving much more money because in 20 years, chocolate is going to skyrocket in cost. According to a chilling article by Gizmodo, the world is running out of chocolate!
At the rate we’re going, chocolate is going to be a rare—and extremely pricey—commodity within the next twenty years.
What will the shortage mean? $11 Snickers bars, sooner than you think. Pretzels given out for Halloween. Or more candy made from carob, a poor substitute for the sweet and sticky real deal. And a tectonic shift in how we view our mochas, according the Nature Conservation Research Council’s John Mason:
“In 20 years chocolate will be like caviar. It will become so rare and so expensive that the average Joe just won’t be able to afford it.”
Imagine all the things that would be affected by this shortage: hot chocolates, s’mores, mochas, Spanish mole dishes, Hershey’s Kisses, chocolate croissants, brownies, chocolate cupcakes….
I wish I had something more cogent to say about this shortage, something about market pricing or consumer behavior. But all I can say is…