Chocolate as International Comfort Food

Despite the global economic downturn, 2008 saw record sales of Swiss chocolate.
[BBC News]

Meanwhile, in the fourth quarter or 2008, U.S. consumer spending on food dropped 3.7%, the steepest decline in the 62 years the Commerce Department has been compiling such data.

The federal government has ordered Sixpoint brewery to stop selling its Hop Obama beer.
[NY Post]

Times are so tough that Starbucks is reportedly launching an instant coffee called Via.

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