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When it comes to the heart of the candy aisle, you can't box in chocolates, no matter how elaborate bulk candy programs become.While the growth of nonchocolate has outpaced chocolate over the last few years, chocolate hasn't flinched as it's strutted along, flexing its yummy muscles with new products and powerful promotions.Scan data from A.C. Nielsen, Schaumburg, Ill., shows supermarket chocolate

When it comes to the heart of the candy aisle, you can't box in chocolates, no matter how elaborate bulk candy programs become.

While the growth of nonchocolate has outpaced chocolate over the last few years, chocolate hasn't flinched as it's strutted along, flexing its yummy muscles with new products and powerful promotions.

Scan data from A.C. Nielsen, Schaumburg, Ill., shows supermarket chocolate sales for the 52 weeks ended March 11 rose 5.1% to $1.1 billion. Nonchocolate

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