Menu insights: chocolate

Chocolate is found on 32% of menus and more data from research firm Food Genius.


Here are some chocolate menu insights from Food Genius, the Chicago-based food research company.

  • Candies and confections, like chocolate, are the most common ingredient across multiple menu segments in the dessert category.
  • Chocolate is found on 32% of all menus and is found at 63% of locations nationwide. Four percent of all dishes available nationwide mention the term "chocolate."
  • Chocolate is found on 54% of dessert menus and is found at 81% of locations nationwide that have a dessert menu.
  • White chocolate is found on 5% of dessert menus and is found at 12% of locations nationwide that have a dessert menu.
  • Dark chocolate is found on 4% of dessert menus and is found at 5% of locations nationwide that have a dessert menu.
  • The average price of a menu item that mentions the term "chocolate" is $6.58 nationwide.
  • At both chain and independents restaurants, the top dishes that mention chocolate are as follows: cake (found on 52% of menus), ice cream (34%), cookie (14%), brownie (12%), pancake (9%), sundae (8%), pie (8%), pudding (7%), shake (6%), tiramisu (5%).

This data is for commercial foodservice locations only. This data from Food Genius is culled from explicit attributes on foodservice menus, which are collected by Food Genius on a quarterly basis. This data is for commercial foodservice locations only.

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