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FROM THE FRONT PAGE
Chocoholics abound in the south
Jane Stanton is not
residents eat the
most chocolate in
Some need their fix daily
We're known for oysters and
friendly personalities but soon we
may be recognised as New
Zealand's chocolate munching
Last year, Invercargill topped the
country for chocolate consump-
tion, with each person eating the
equivalent of 2.8 bars a week or
145 bars a year, according to
But it's no surprise to Southland's
most well-known chocolate maker
that Invercargill residents have
such a fixation.
The Seriously Good Chocolate
Company, which was the brain-
child of former teacher Jane
Stanton, sells more than four
tonnes of chocolate a year to
Southlanders from their
Invercargill shop and cafe. And
that portion makes up about 10
per cent of their overall sales.
Chocolate was a daily fix for some
people, while for others it could be
just a occasional treat, she said.
Either way, she was experiencing
a surge in sales this year, with the
company producing 40 per cent
more chocolate than last year.
So why do Southlanders have
such a love affair with chocolate?
''I think when times get tougher,
people eat more,'' she said.
''Because times have gotten
tougher, we don't go and buy the
big things, it's the smaller things.''
Those small things translate to
$286 million being collectively
spent on chocolate by New
Zealanders in the past 12 months,
with each person chomping down
an average of 5kg annually.
But New Zealand's chocolate
eating ways are well behind the
Swiss, who eat 11kg each and the
Brits, who scoff 10.5kg per year.
But we do leave the Aussies in our
chocolate wake because our
cousins across the Tasman eat
only 3.5kg each a year.
But Stanton, a type one diabetic,
knows more than anyone that
everything has to be in moder-
She does not deny that she is
partial to the occasional taste test,
but never goes overboard.
''[But] I know of people who eat a
bar a day.''
Renovate Nutrition nutritionist,
Renee Ladbrook, said chocolate
gave us ''short term pleasure'' but
it also increased the waistline.
''There isn't a magic amount of
chocolate recommended for peo-
ple to eat each week,'' she said.
''It comes down to a trade-off
between other calorie dense foods,
such as baking, sweets and
Slightly odd: Kevin Carson shows off some rather odd looking carrots he
and Alison Knowler discovered in their garden in Invercargill. The
chandelier lookalikes have the pair puzzled as to what could cause them to
grow in such a way. ''It's very weird,'' Mrs Knowler said.
Photo: LOUISE BERWICK 627811981
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We love carrots and we also
love having a bit of fun. So
here's a few carrot jokes to
lighten up your day.
Q: What's a vegetable's
favourite martial art?
Q: Why did the carrot get an
Because he was out standing in
Q: What did one snowman
say to the other?
Does it smell like carrots?
Q: What did the rabbit say to
It's been nice gnawing you.
Q: What does the carrot
priest say at church?
Doctor's waiting room:
A man walks into the doctor's
office. A banana is stuck in one
of his ears, a cucumber in the
other ear and a carrot stuck in
The man says: "Doc, this is
terrible. What's wrong with
The doctor says: "Well, first of
all, you need to eat more
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