Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, as has been every February 14th since 496 AD.
Unless you’re mildly unconventional, one of the two gifts you are most likely giving to your sweetheart/significant other/wife/ husband/best friend tomorrow is candy – more likely than not including at least some chocolate.
So, you may be interested to know that, according to the US Census Bureau, the total value of chocolate and cocoa product shipments in 2007 was $14.4 billion, while non-chocolate confectionary product manufacturing was a $5.6 billion industry. !,233 establishments produced chocolate and cocoa products that year, while 466 produced non-chocolate confections. There were 3,643 confectionary and nut specialty stores. – and the average per capita consumption of candy in the following year (2008) was 23.8 pounds.