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The 5 stages of grief upon hearing we may run out of chocolate

Karen Miner is the Food & Home Editor for SheKnows. She is a freelance writer, recipe developer and is also the cook, author and photographer behind the food blog, Tasty Trials, a collection of original recipes and stories. She and her h...

A world without chocolate is not a place I want to be

The world may be facing a chocolate shortage soon, and I have some feelings about it.

Mars, Inc. and Barry Callebaut Group, the world's largest confectionery producers, have warned of a potential chocolate shortfall by 2020 due to the fact that we're apparently eating way too much chocolate. (Is that a thing?)

I'm not ashamed to say that upon hearing this news, I had some feelings that can best be described by the five stages of grief.

Denial... Oh no you didn't, chocolate!

A world without chocolate is not a place I want to be

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Chocolate shortage? These words do not compute. Supply and demand, right? I'll pay $100 for a candy bar. Really, I will. But I will not allow there to be a chocolate shortage. Nope.

Anger... Fine. Chocolate, we're no longer friends.

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You want to play like that? Fine. I don't need you anyway. Think of all the money I'll save. And the pounds I'll shed. This will be great.

Bargaining... Wait, just let me smell it one more time?

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Let me just get one more whiff of that chocolaty goodness. Maybe one tiny bite? If I can have just one more Hershey's bar, I'll give up my firstborn, I promise.

Depression... But what about birthdays?

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A birthday without chocolate cake is not a celebration. It's just not. So friends, take note. Unless there is a ginormous chocolaty confection with candles on top, my birthday is canceled.

Acceptance... In the form of cookie butter.

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OK, fine. I guess if I can't have chocolate, then there's always cookie butter. Plus, we've got a good six years before this shortage even happens. By then some evil genius will have likely invented something even better than chocolate, and we'll be all, "Chocolate who?"

After all this talk... I need all the chocolate, please.

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