Since this is the biggest day for chocolate consumption in the year, I thought it might be interesting to check into it.
Do you know how much chocolate the average American eats in a year? One pound? Ten pounds?
As a matter of fact we eat an average of a pound of chocolate a month, so, by a process of rapid calculation, 12 pounds in a year.
According to WebMD’s chocolate quiz “We each eat close to a dozen pounds of chocolate per year. And most of that is milk chocolate. More than 90 percent of Americans say they prefer milk chocolate over dark or white.
“It takes a long time to work off all that chocolate. It would take a 130-pound woman about four days and nights (95 hours) of brisk walking to burn off those calories!”
And I know you have heard that chocolate has caffeine in it, but how much? WebMD says,
“You’d need to eat 14 regular-sized (1.5 oz) bars of milk chocolate to get the same caffeine as you’d find in a 8-ounce cup of coffee! That would have about 3,000 calories and more than 300 grams of sugar — compared to only about two calories in black coffee.
“Dark chocolate does have more caffeine than milk chocolate. Even then, it would take four bars to give you the same buzz as one cup of regular Joe.”
So, enjoy the evening, but if you are going out with your little trick or treater, keep in mind how much walking is required to burn off those calories.