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Rising price of cocoa forces chocolate makers to charge more

Others are making their bars thinner or reducing the number of chocolates in a package to give a lower price option

The average price for a tonne of cocoa was US$2,921.05 last month.

New York

THIS year, perhaps more than ever, kisses may not come cheap. At least not those made of chocolate on Valentine's Day.

The price of cocoa - the main ingredient in most chocolate - soared last year, forcing chocolate producers to raise prices and shrink packages.