Soon we all could be spraying our chocolate onto our food.

A new survey commissioned by Honeywell looked at consumer attitudes toward aerosols and what applications they would like to see in the future.

The survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults found that two-thirds (66 percent) would use some type of food and household product if it were available as an aerosol.

And the most popular among food items? Spray-on chocolate (11 percent), followed by spray-on salt (9 percent) and spray-on ketchup (8 percent). And the demand for spray-on chocolate in households with children nearly doubles when compared to those with no children.

The survey also found that the vast majority of consumers (93 percent) use aerosol products in some capacity, and that the perception of aerosols being harmful to the environment is fading.

“Not long ago, the thought of spray-on sunscreen was revolutionary,” says David Cooper, global business director for Honeywell’s Fluorine Products business, which has introduced an aerosol propellant with a lower global warming potential than others commonly in use. “Today, consumers’ appetite for additional household and personal care products is growing across a broad spectrum of applications – from stain removers and hand sanitizers to condiments.”

Among the survey’s findings:

  • Ease of use is a big advantage: When asked why consumers choose aerosols, by far, the top reason was because they are easier to use and apply (44 percent).
  • Concerns about aerosols are fading: Aerosols got a bad name in the 1970s when older aerosol technology was found to deplete the Earth’s ozone layer — a problem addressed by new aerosol technologies.

So who knows, soon we might all be spraying on our favorite sweets and condiments!