about 150 million chocolate Santa Clauses are produced in Germany every year for the whole world? And that most of them are wrapped in aluminum?
Every year, numerous Santa Clauses are made of chocolate in Germany and exported all over the world. In order to protect them, many of those are wrapped in aluminum. The packaging prevents components of the printing ink and other substances from getting to the inside. It also protects the chocolate from light and thus, ensures its quality.
The first chocolate Santa Clauses are said to have been made around 1820. Back then, confectioners made them from solid chocolate. The well-known hollow form was only developed about 20 years later and is still the most common form.
Even today, the production of the chocolate Santa Claus is still an extensive process. Approximately 24 hours are needed to produce a single one including the packaging. The aluminum foil has established itself as “clothing”. Besides its protective properties, it is stiff and adapts perfectly to the contours of the chocolate. In addition, aluminum is one of the most sustainable metals on earth because it can be recycled without loss of quality – and with only 5% of the energy originally used.
Approximately 75% of the aluminum ever produced is still in circulation today and the chocolate Santa Claus also contributes to this. After recycling, the aluminum clothing can even become extruded profiles or aluminum bus flaps.