Chinese Chocolate Mystery Solved!
Slate readers explain why I couldn't find a Hershey's bar in the world's most populous country.
9. Western conspiracy. Chocolate is universally addictive and desirable, so Western firms are depriving Chinese of chocolate for a reason, one correspondent suggested, I think in jest: "If we withhold chocolate long enough, they're sure to forgive our debt."
Thanks to all readers for their responses. On my last day in Beijing, in a little convenience store a stone's throw from Tiananmen Square, I found a slightly dusty Dove dark chocolate bar.
Daniel Gross is the Moneybox columnist for Slate and the business columnist for Newsweek. You can e-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter. His latest book, Dumb Money: How Our Greatest Financial Minds Bankrupted the Nation, has just been published in paperback.