Copious Chocolates And Clementines For Christmas - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Copious Chocolates And Clementines For Christmas

Published November 18, 2013

Larissa Kyzer

The Icelandic candy company Nói-Síríus sold 10 million filled chocolates over Christmas last year, Morgunblaðið reports. As dark chocolate is also very popular for cocoa and baking at this time of year, the company also produced 280,000 chocolate bars last Christmas as well. As one bar is 100 grams, it can be estimated that Icelanders bought 28 tons of this chocolate last year.
Nói-Síríus has decided to spice up their 2013 offerings by releasing a special, limited time holiday version of their Nizza candy bar which is filled with crushed gingerbread. According to Kristjáns Geirs Gunnarssonar, the company’s director of sales and marketing, this new Christmas chocolate has already been immensely popular. All of the 45,000 chocolate bars that the company has produced for the season are already in stores.
In addition to the enormous quantities of chocolate and Christmas beer consumed in the country around the holidays, there are also copious clementines sold during the season. Last November and December, at least 156 thousand boxes of clementines were sold in shops around the country. That’s 405 tons of clementines. Although these fruits are available in Iceland all year, the seedless Spanish crops available in November and December are considered the best. This year, the crops in Spain were harvested early, and so the Christmas clementines arrived in Iceland on November 4, a week earlier than they were available last year.

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