Chocolate comes from the versatile cocoa bean. Above is a bowl of nibs, or the insides of cocoa beans, which are ground into the liquid used to make chocolate.
Chocolate bars move down the production line at Cadbury production plant in Birmingham, England.
For many people looking for a sweet snack on the run, a simple milk chocolate bar is one of the best treats.
Cookie dough coated with hot fruit jelly and marzipan gets covered with hot liquid chocolate at the gingerbread bakery Henry Lambertz in Aachen, Germany. Lambertz is one of the two largest German baked goods manufacturers and is the leading global supplier of gingerbread, Printen and seasonal cakes.
Chocolate covered fruits and nuts are fun, healthy snacks that aren't too difficult to enjoy, especially in large handfuls.
An employee makes chocolate-dipped strawberries at Schakolad Chocolate Factory in Davie, Fla. Chocolate, flowers and cards usually fly off the shelves for holidays, but recent economic turmoil has forced some people to ignore their sweet tooth.
Chocolate truffles are popular gifts for Valentine's Day, and unmarked varieties can add a little bit of intrigue to your next bite.
A chocolate Easter bunny is displayed for sale at a shop in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Several weeks before Easter Sunday, retailers stock their shelves full of chocolates and traditional candies for Easter.
Truffles are typically made with a chocolate ganache center coated in more chocolate. But there are many more options for fillings, including fruit, nuts, cream and caramel.
A basket of chocolate rests on a counter at the MarieBelle store in New York, N.Y. A study conducted at Wageningen University in the Netherlands indicated men who ate the equivalent of one-third of a chocolate bar every day had lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of death.
A model displays a chocolate-decorated dress celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Salon Du Chocolat, located in Paris.
Chocolate candies in the shape of coins are popular gifts during the holidays and work well as stocking stuffers.
Carrie Fisher and Mo Rocca enjoy the chocolate fountain at the Obama Pajama Party at the Ronald Reagan Building on Jan. 18, 2009, in Wash., DC. Fisher hosted the charity event that will benefit children in need.
A man dressed as a gorilla carries a poster of a giant Cadbury chocolate bar during a protest outside the Houses of Parliament on Dec. 16, 2009, in London, England. American food producer Kraft made a $16.9 billion (10 billion pounds) bid for Cadbury.
If you'd like to cool things down, there's always chocolate ice cream or frozen yogurt. Many people go for the best of both worlds with vanilla and chocolate ice cream. To learn more about chocolate, check out How Chocolate Works.