Story last updated at 9/12/2012 - 2:20 pm
Did you know that according to information from the National Confectioner's Association:
Chocolate is America's favorite flavor, with 52 percent of survey respondents saying they like chocolate best. The next most desired flavors only garnered 12 percent popularity votes or less.
U.S. chocolate makers use 40 percent of all almonds grown in the country.
Chocolate comes from cocoa from seeds of the Cacao tree in South America, says candyfavorites.com.
In 1828, cocoa in a powdered format became widely available. This allowed chocolate to become mass produced and widely available during Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, says candyfavorites.com.
In 1907, the iconic Milk Chocolate Hershey's Kisses were introduced. They are one of the most successful chocolates and Hershey produces approximately 20-25 million per day in a variety of flavor, says candyfavorites.com.
View more chocolate fun-facts at http://www.candyfavorites.com/shop/chocolate-trivia.php.
One chocolatey holiday not enough? You're in luck. Sept. 22 is National White Chocolate Day, the third week of March is American Chocolate Week, and other times during the year there is day for bittersweet chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate chips, and many more. See http://bit.ly/9CSJOQ for a list of confectionery holidays.