When chocolate started appearing in supermarkets in the 1990s, it was a very different animal.
It was a far more delicate, less sweetened version of the regular chocolate.
It had more of a sweet taste and was more likely to be eaten with milk, milk chocolate or by dipping it into a cup of cream.
And unlike most other foods, chocolate was not a staple in the home.
It didn’t have a cult following, and even its popularity started to dwindle.
What did change was the way people ate chocolate, which was becoming more and more palatable and acceptable in the US.
It wasn’t until 2007 that chocolate became the new standard in the food world.
“In the early ’80s, chocolate in the U.S. was a rarity,” said Amy Miller, the executive director of the Consumer Product Research Institute.
“Chocolate in the UK, Canada and other countries was pretty low.
The American and European market was saturated with chocolate, so it became very hard for people to be adventurous.”
Today, chocolate is considered a safe and healthy food, with no known health hazards, and its popularity is on the rise.
“As a society, we’re just trying to figure out what’s going on with it, what’s causing it to change,” Miller said.
“People are eating it more than ever.”
Miller said there were two key ingredients that were changing the chocolate experience: the cocoa butter and the milk chocolate.
Milk chocolate has been used for centuries, and chocolate made from milk and cream is also increasingly popular.
And the new milk chocolate is made with a high-fat, low-sugar recipe, so there’s a lot of fat in the mix.
Milk is much more nutritious than cocoa butter, so people are eating more of it.
“We were all thinking milk was going to be the gold standard, that it was the new gold standard of everything, but milk has been doing very well for years,” Miller explained.
“So it’s a natural progression.”
Chocolate is not the only food that’s been getting a lot more attention.
The US has also seen a rise in the number of foods made from non-animal ingredients, like tofu, rice and beans.
“I think there’s really been a shift in the way that people have been eating,” Miller continued.
“The trend is toward plant-based, whole foods.”
In the US, the amount of meat that is consumed is actually going down, but the amount consumed by Americans is also going up.
In the UK in the early 2000s, the average American ate about 13 pounds of meat a year.
Today, the UK eats about 12 pounds of food a year, which makes it the second-most meat-eaters in the world after the US and Canada.
Miller said it’s not surprising that people are turning to plant-food alternatives when they’re hungry.
“One of the reasons we’re seeing a lot less meat in the United States is because of the transition to plant protein,” Miller added.
“If people can eat a vegan diet, they’re going to have more options to get to that balance.
And it makes sense because we have a lot to choose from.”
While the dairy industry has been getting the lion’s share of attention, a number of other industries have also been moving away from animal products.
“There’s a whole shift in our food supply that’s taking place now,” Miller noted.
“Our food is a lot better than we thought, and that’s changing everything.”