Barry Callebaut, the world's largest cocoa processor, expects Asia's insatiable demand for chocolate to make up one-quarter of its global sales over the next two decades.
Currently, Europeans are the company's biggest customers, accounting for more than 50 percent of global sales. Sales in Asia, meanwhile, make up less than 20 percent.
"If you look at charts of chocolate growth compared to cars and other consumer products, the curve of chocolate growth in Asia is much more sustainable over time," Andreas Jacobs, chairman of Barry Callebaut, told CNBC's "Managing Asia."
According to data from Euromonitor, Asia's chocolate consumption averaged 200 grams per person last year. While that figure trails behind its global counterparts such as the Middle East, demand for the candy expanded at 4.5 percent, marking the fastest rate globally.
Within the region, the Zurich-based company, which sells chocolate, cocoa liquor, nuts and other products to chocolatiers and bakers, is betting on China and India to take the lead in growth.
"We're expecting chocolate consumption in big countries like India and China to see double digit growth. If China grows more than 10 percent and India above 20 percent, extrapolate that to the next 20 years, I guess we end up with Asia [accounting for] around 25 percent of our global sales," Jacobs told CNBC.
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Beyond the region's top two most populous countries, Barry Callebaut has also set its sights on Southeast Asia.
"There is a big correlation between chocolate consumption and gross domestic product (GDP) per capita growth. Singapore is already a big consumer in terms of per capita, while Indonesia and Malaysia are growing. I think Southeast Asia has a great affinity to this product," said Jacobs, who also holds the position of executive chairman at Jacobs Holding. Jacobs Holding is a Swiss investment fund, which holds a majority stake in Barry Callebaut.
To ensure that the company is positioned to capture a bigger slice of the market, acquisition is a key ingredient in Barry Callebaut's recipe for success in Asia.
In 2013, the world's largest maker of bulk chocolate acquired the cocoa ingredients division of Singapore-listed Petra Foods for $950 million. According to Jacobs, the move is a "big footstep" in the Zurich-based company's history.
"Our sales in Asia were below 10 percent so we had to do something. [Apart from that,] it opened the doors to sourcing beans from Asia, instead of [focusing on] Africa and Brazil only. So now we have a good footprint in all the cocoa-growing countries," the 52-year-old said.