Bern, Switzerland — The average Swiss citizen ate 26.2 pounds of chocolate in 2012, according to Leatherhead Food Research, more than twice the 12.1 pounds eaten by Americans. Switzerland’s high level of chocolate consumption could be a result of two of the world’s largest chocolate producers — Lindt & Sprungli AG and Nestlé S.A. — being based there.
Ireland was the second-highest chocolate-consuming country with the average citizen ingesting 21.8 pounds, followed by the UK, where the average citizen ate 20.9 pounds. Ranking fourth on the list, Austrian residents ate an average of 19.4 pounds of chocolate in 2012, ahead of Belgians, who indulged in 18.2 pounds of chocolate on average. Germany, Norway, Denmark, Canada and France ranked behind Belgium, consecutively.