Chocolate trends for 2023: Expect ‘Intense Indulgence, ‘Mindful Indulgence’ and ‘Healthy Indulgence’

By Anthony Myers

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The ‘Healthy Indulgence’ trend in confectionery is 'one to watch', according to Barry Callebaut. Pic: Barry callebaut
The ‘Healthy Indulgence’ trend in confectionery is 'one to watch', according to Barry Callebaut. Pic: Barry callebaut

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This is the third year that Barry Callebaut has produced its ‘Top Chocolate Trends’ and according to its proprietary research of from August 2022, 71% of global consumers agree that when they want to celebrate, they choose something with chocolate in it.

Consumers are looking for ‘Intense Indulgence’ when they want to enjoy life to the fullest. They want over-the-top and immersive experiences, but above all the type of indulgence consumers choose depends on their mood or mindset, and their specific attitude towards life, the study reveals.

For chocolate confectionery, this means consumers will continue to seek multi-sensoriality, exclusivity, seasonality, storytelling about origin, craftsmanship, and treats that help them celebrate.

While there will always be a need for Intense Indulgence chocolate experiences, we expect consumers to shift towards a more healthier approach, increasing the Mindful Indulgence chocolate space​,” said Bas Smit, Global Vice President, Marketing, at Barry Callebaut.

The ‘Mindful Indulgence’ trend is for consumers who want to indulge without compromising their (physical and mental) wellbeing, the health of others or the planet. Demand is growing for chocolate treats that meet these needs, including plant-based, sugar reduced, sustainably-sourced and with traceable ingredients.

Positive impact

Proprietary research of Barry Callebaut from March 2022 showed that 3 out of 4 global consumers agree that chocolate needs to be tasty, ‘good for me’ and good for the planet.

Consumers looking for ‘Healthy Indulgence’ actively and intentionally make choices that have a positive impact on their health. Proprietary research of Barry Callebaut from March 2022 also showed that almost two-thirds (65%) of global consumers would love a healthy-boosted chocolate, with macro/micronutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fibres, and flavanols being claimed on innovative, new products. Also, the research found that 3 out of 4 consumers agree that a higher cocoa content means healthier chocolate.

The ‘Healthy Indulgence’ trend is one to watch within the confectionery segment in the years to come, Barry Callebaut concluded.

A $128bn market

Chocolate confectionery is an important and dynamic market, expected to be worth over $128 billion in global retail sales by the end of 2023, with a volume Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 1.9% CAGR over the next 3 years to 2025, according to Euromonitor 2022 research. Innovation plays a key role in that growth projection to meet the latest needs of consumers, the study revealed.

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