"Chocolate is the greatest gift to women ever created, next to the likes of Paul Newman and Gene Kelly. It's something that should be had on a daily basis." says Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock. It explains why the mood in the room changes to the positive whenever I mention the word "chocolate".
This food of love is filled with natural enzymes that trigger a rise in dopamine, the brain chemical that positively affects mood. The "happy" reaction accounts for why chocolate is popular with many. The UK alone consumes some 661,000 tonnes of chocolate annually or an average of 11kg per person per year. This equates to about 3 bars a week. In Belgium, the per capita chocolate consumption is also around 11 kilograms and Australia is about 5.3 kilograms.