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The World May Face A Chocolate Shortage: Reports

11/17/2014 03:33 EST | Updated 11/17/2014 06:59 EST

There's nothing sweet about this news: two of the world's largest chocolate makers seem to think we're running out of the good stuff.

Yes, the main reason we can push through those heartaches, mid-day slumps and other types of stress may be running low on supply. Chocolate makers Mars, Inc. and Barry Callebaut (one of the world's leading chocolate manufacturers) believe we're heading towards a chocolate deficit, according to the Washington Post.

And who do we blame? Ourselves. As it turns out, we're eating way too much chocolate.

According to the Post, last year the world ate 70,000 metric tons more cocoa than was produced. Meanwhile, the price of cocoa gone up more than 60 per cent since 2012, with environmental factors like drought in cocoa-producing countries and fungal diseases that destroy crops only making the situation worse.

Market trends could play a role as well. Dark chocolate, which requires the use of more cocoa, has been increasingly popular in recent years, even if North Americans still prefer milk chocolate, according to Simon Fraser University.

Studies have even shown the health benefits of dark chocolate include everything decreasing the risk of stroke to boosting heart health.

So what can we do in the meantime? You could be selfish and stock up on all your favourite types of chocolate bars, or you can eat more coconuts, glazed nuts and other fruits (sorry, but we're really trying here) to satisfy your sugar cravings.

Watch the video above to find out what chocolate makers predict will happen in 2020 — sorry, the news doesn't seem to get any better.

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