by Christina Daub
According to the Huffington Post, Easter is about to “be killed” and Passover “injured” due to the continuing political unrest in the Ivory Coast influencing the rising costs of cocoa.
Yes, forty percent of the world’s supply is still being held up in the ports of Abidjan and San Pedro, and the costs to chocolatiers and consumers continue to rise, but enough to leave all the chocolate Easter Bunnies sitting on the store shelves, certainly not.
In fact I have seen more chocolate Easter products on the shelves of DC area stores than ever before. The Harris Teeter chain seems to be loaded with “sale” Lindt chocolate rabbits, carrots and eggs. World Market is a cornucopia of Easter treats and the CVS stores were giving out dollar coupons one could use to buy Dove chocolate eggs recently.
The chocolate world may be suffering a major setback, but please let’s remember the real victims in the chocolate war are the Ivorian growers and pickers, their livelihoods threatened by the two men vying for government control.