Rising demand in emerging markets and bad weather in key cocoa producing countries is pushing up the cost of key ingredients. The price of cocoa butter, for example, stands at a four-year high, having risen by 70-percent over the past 12 months. But don't expect jaw-dropping surprises when you next visit the vending machine or grocery store.
Manufacturers don't want to scare away loyal customers. A director for the international cocoa organization says the industry will either increase the price, will reduce the cocoa content or reduce the size of their products.