Statistically speaking

Last weekend, millions of kids ate their chocolate Easter bunnies ears-first. Here’s a look at chocolate production and consumption around the world.

Percentage of Americans aged 18--24 who prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate: 11 percent

Amount of chocolate eaten annually by the average person in Switzerland, the country whose citizens consume the most chocolate: 22.4 pounds

Number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments in Pennsylvania (as of 2001): 107

Amount of chocolate produced yearly in Belgium: 172,000 tons

Boxes of Cadbury chocolate sold each year: 3.5 million

Number of Hershey's Kisses produced each day at the company's factories in Pennsylvania and California: 80 million

Value of chocolate and cocoa products produced by U.S. manufacturers in 2001: $12 billion