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Which Country Produces the Most Chocolate?

by Susan Elliott

A close-up of decadent chocolate pralines.

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Many citizens of the United States love chocolate, but how much chocolate the country produces is defined by the type it makes. Chocolate production may be broken down into two categories: cocoa-bean growers and chocolate refiners. Surprisingly, there are two global localities leading chocolate producers, and they are oceans apart.

Leading Chocolate Producers

The United States produces the most refined chocolate products in the world. U.S. companies Mars Inc., Mondelez International Inc. and the Hershey Food Corporation lead the global pack in processing chocolate and selling it in America and abroad. Cote d’Ivoire is the leading country in the world to produce the cocoa bean, from which chocolate is made. In fact, cocoa-bean growers along Africa’s Ivory Coast supply most of the world’s chocolate makers with cocoa beans, including U.S. chocolate makers.

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About the Author

Susan Elliott teaches studio art and creative writing to home schooled students. She is a graduate of Northwest Arkansas Community College and the Memphis School of Preaching Student Wives Program. She has written for Christian Woman Magazine and Virtuous Magazine. When she's not writing, she is painting or making costumes.