10 Incredible Chocolate Recipes to Indulge in Before the Possible Cocoa Shortage

02/17/2016 at 06:23 PM ET

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Hold on to your belts! A chocolate shortage might be coming our way.

A new study, which was ironically released the day before Valentine’s Day — a holiday that tests the number of chocolates you can stomach before collapsing into a coma (answer: 12) — states that demand for cocoa products is skyrocketing in developing countries, where the supply isn’t exactly thriving due to poor farming methods.

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To put things in context, the average American consumes an average of 286 chocolate bars in a year alone, which call for producers to plant 10 cacao trees for every individual. That’s a lot of chocolate.

This isn’t the first time a popular food has been threatened: canned pumpkin, cheese, and bacon shortage possibilities have all caused alarm in recent years.

Since we’re all about living our best lives here at PEOPLE, we rounded up our favorite chocolate recipes to help combat feelings of loneliness this possible shortage might be stirring up at this moment. We’re here for you — and so is chocolate (for now.)

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Salted Chocolate Tart with Potato-Chip Crust Recipe
Gaby Dalkin

1. Salted Chocolate Tart with Potato-Chip Crust

2. Pan Cookie Cake

3. Creamy Nutella Martini

Spiced-up Mac and Cheese

4. Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich

Chocolate Waffle Cones
Katie Kauss

5. Chocolate-Dipped Waffle Cones (a.k.a. the best Espresso cups)

6. Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate

Fudge 3
Sally McKenney Quinn

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7. Peanut Butter Cup Fudge


8. The easiest, most delicious Salted-Chocolate Toffee you’ll ever make

Bakerella Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Courtesy Bakerella

9. Double Chocolate Pancakes

Bakerella's Divine Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles

10. Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles

—Grace Gavilanes

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