Slate readers solve mystery: Why can't you find a chocolate bar in China?

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Dec. 3 2009 5:13 PM

Chinese Chocolate Mystery Solved!

Slate readers explain why I couldn't find a Hershey's bar in the world's most populous country.

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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 an editor and columnist at the Daily Beast.