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 SAN FRANCISCO (Stockerblog) -- What is it about chocolate and medical cures? Chocolate benefits keep appearing regularly. It supposedly reduces wrinkles and aging, according to chocolate maker Barry Callebaut, and it is even good for your liver. Chocolate has even helped Warren Buffett's stock portfolio, as I discussed earlier this year.

Now British scientists are working on developing a persistent cough remedy made out of chocolate. A company called Seek, which is not publicly traded, is working on creating a drug called BC1036, which utilizes theobromine, a major ingredient in chocolate and cocoa.

Fortunately, there are several stocks with a significant exposure to chocolate, a few with dividends, which we've gathered together at Here are a couple that may be worth sinking your teeth into.


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    Hershey (HSY), founded in 1894, is the largest manufacturer of chocolate in North America and one of the largest candy companies in the world. Hershey's Kisses were invented in 1901, and its chocolate chips were released in 1928. The stock has a price-to-earnings ratio of 22, a forward P/E of 17, and a delicious yield of 2.7%. It sports a price-earnings-growth ratio of 2.14.

    Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (RMCF), based in Durango, Colo., which makes and markets caramels, creams, mints and truffles. The company, which was founded in 1981, has over 300 franchise locations in 40 states, along with Canada and the United Arab Emirates. The P/E is 15.4, and the company pays a very tasty yield of 4.2%.

    For a free spreadsheet of all the publicly traded chocolate stocks, which can be downloaded, sorted and updated, visit

    At the time of publication, author had no positions in stocks mentioned.

    Fred Fuld III, the publisher of stock and bond investing blog Stockerblog and founder of WallStreetNewsNetwork, has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years, working as an investment advisor, options market maker at the Pacific Stock Exchange, vice president of a San Francisco money management firm, university faculty member and wholesaler for the New Alternatives Fund (the first environmentally conscious mutual fund). He is the author of the books Investing in Brazil Stocks and The Green Light on Green Stocks.