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My Economy

Weathering the hard times by selling chocolate

by Sean McHenry Nov 15, 2018
"People don't stop buying a few small luxuries" in a recession, one couple found.
Two holiday-themed chocolates from Dean's Sweets, Kristin Thalheimer Bingham's store in Portland, Maine.
Melissa Mullen

4 things you didn't know about chocolate

by Eliza Mills Feb 9, 2018
Dandelion Chocolate's Todd Masonis and Greg D'Alesandre talk cocoa.
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Nestle Crunch bars may soon be a thing of the past

by Jed Kim Jun 16, 2017
Nestle has announced it's looking for a buyer.
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Joy! Kinder Eggs are coming to America

by Jana Kasperkevic May 22, 2017
The popular European treat is changing its packaging to comply with U.S. rules.
Kinder Joy is made up of two plastic halves of an egg. 
Ferrero International S.A.

Bumper crop of cocoa is no sweet deal for African farmers

by Annie Baxter Apr 17, 2017
Seventy percent of cocoa comes from West Africa, where a surplus means lower prices for growers.
An agricultural worker picks cocoa pods in the Ivory Coast village of Akati.
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I've always wondered...

Why the FDA doesn't like chocolate eggs with toys inside

by Jana Kasperkevic Apr 14, 2017
Would you risk a $2,500 fine for a seasonal treat?
The original Kinder Egg packaging, pictured above, is banned in the U.S.  
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

How Hershey’s unusual corporate structure deters takeovers

by Sally Herships Oct 28, 2016
Just in time for Halloween’s candy splurge-fest, the Hershey Company is releasing its latest earnings report today. The company was in the news this summer after rival Mondelez attempted an ultimately unsuccessful $23 billion takeover bid. Hershey’s unusual structure, in…
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The Price of Profits

Forrest Full of Shares

by Marketplace Staff Jun 15, 2016
What's a share? Well, Paddy Hirsch's mom used to say they were like a box of chocolates...
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Is there a global chocolate shortage coming?

by Donna Tam Jun 7, 2016
Exporters are taking issue with a recent batches of cocoa beans, an important ingredient in chocolate.
Chocolates are assembled into a gift box at a New York City shop in 2007. Demand for cocoa beans, a main chocolate ingredient, has been high for many years, but the supply continues to suffer. 
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Just in time for Valentine's, a shortage of chocolate

by David Brancaccio Jan 14, 2015
We're eating more (and growing less) cacao.