Chocolate lovers, get ready for changes

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(KPLR) – Sticker shock is ahead for chocolate lovers. Growing demand in emerging markets and bad weather in key cocoa producing countries is pushing up the cost of key ingredients.

Cocoa butter stands at a four-year high, rising 70-percent over the past 12 months.

But don’t worry when you next visit the vending machine or grocery store.

Manufacturers don’t want to scare away local customers, so they will either reduce the coca content or reduce the size of their products.