ELIZABETHTOWN — Recent reports of a predicted world chocolate shortage set to ocurr by 2020 have sent many chocolate lovers scrambling for that sweet tasty treat.
The forecast comes because demand for chocolate has steadily increased around the world while the number of growers of the product around the world has declined, according to reports.
Sarah Baysden, who works for the town of Elizabethtown, said that she was surprised to learn of the predicted shortage.
“I use a lot of chocolate in my baking. I love chocolate and I have to have that chocolate fix after I eat,” said Baysden.
She added that she would be unhappy if something happened and chocolate was to become scarce or unavailable altogether.
Baysden also added the thought that maybe the shortage is somehow being played up to encourage “moderation in the world’s consumption of chocolate.”
“Right now, it (a shortage) doesn’t sound so bad and, if it happens, it will be in 2020,” said Baysden.
She said that 2020 seems to be in the far distant future, but in terms of baking needs and just enjoying a chocolate goody, it could easily be here tomorrow.
“I wonder if it is a scare tactic,” mused Baysden.
Others were in disbelief at the notion as well.
Jean Gooden, who works with Fisher’s Men’s and Ladies Shop in Elizabethtown said, “I can’t believe we’re going to run out of chocolate. A lot of people might lose weight if that happens.”
She related how her dog, Fluffy, loves chocolate. Gooden says she keeps chococlate wafers on hand and will break off a small bite to give her dog. She said Fluffy will lick the small amount of chocolate off the wafer before proceeding with his meal. She recounted that Fluffy enjoys the treat so much, that if she or her husband forget to pick it up at the store, they have to go back and get it.
“Fluffy will not eat his lunch without a little taste of chocolate to go with it,” said Gooden.
Those whose livelihood depends on the confection foresee a direct impact if the dire predictions should come true.
Michael Burney, who operates Burney’s Sweets & More, said, “It would impact the whole industry.”
He noted that everything from Hershey’s candy bars to his bakery would all suffer if chocolate becomes difficult to impossible to locate.
Burney, Gooden and Baysden all expressed skepticism at the idea there will be an acutal shortage of chocolate looming in the future.