MOON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – 2020 was a year that many would not call “cute”.
For some confectionery companies, however, it certainly was.
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According to the National Confectioners Association, consumers spent around $ 36.7 on candy in 2020. They also spent around $ 11 billion on regular candy and nearly $ 22 billion on chocolate – a 4% increase in sales.
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One local chocolate company says people were spending hundreds of dollars at a time, just looking for something that would improve their mood.
“I mean, overall dark chocolate,” said Patty and Irene Trello, co-owners of Trello Cioccolato in Moon Township. “The darker the chocolate, the more antioxidants, the better it is for you. It really boosts your mood, that’s one of the most important things people have been looking for.
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This contributed to the increase in sales, as approximately 36% of people in the US dropped out of goodie baskets in the past year instead of personal visits due to the pandemic.