Food News: Possible Chocolate Shortage, New Drink Cans Will Show Calories

Tom Barlow
Chocoate shortage as Ivory Coast farmers burn cocoa beans in protest
Chocoate shortage as Ivory Coast farmers burn cocoa beans in protest

If you're one that buys chocolate for Easter, be prepared for leaner supplies and higher prices for the brown gold on vendor's shelves this spring. A ban on exported cocoa from Ivory Coast in Africa, the top source in the world, has diminished world supplies and could lead to a chocolate shortage.

The ban was invoked by the new legally elected president of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattarra, in an effort to drive out the former leader, Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to yield power. This move has been supported by the international community, including the U.S.