Did you treat yourself to chocolate treats during the pandemic? Welcome to the club!
The results of Morning Consult’s Most Loved Brands Survey 2020 suggest that chocolate is currently very close to people’s hearts. Of the top 25 brands, seven were food products, and four of them were chocolate:
- # 8: M&M
- # 11: cheerios
- # 16: Kellogg’s
- # 20: Oreos
- # 22: The Hershey Company
- # 24: Reese
- # 25: Heinz Ketchup
While no food brand has been as popular as the United States Postal Service (# 1) or Netflix (# 5), seven of the top 25 are very good. Last year only five food brands made the list, and three of them were fast food restaurants.
The fact that four of this year’s most beloved brands are chocolate dovetails well with other data suggesting that indulgence was on the menu in recent months. Based on Nielsen data, U.S. consumers spent $ 3.7 billion on chocolate in the 17-week period ended June 27, an increase of 6.3% over the same period per year latest.
If you (like me) are one of those greedy chocolate consumers, here’s something to make you feel less guilty about going for the next candy bar: new data of over 336,000 people suggests that chocolate is good for your heart. Study participants who ate chocolate more than once a week had an 8% lower risk of blocked arteries than those who indulged less often. Eating chocolate is also linked to lower blood pressure, a lower risk of atrial fibrillation and a reduced risk of dementia. Enjoy!