DailyDirt: No More Pure Chocolate

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Most folks like chocolate, but there are a few weirdos out there who don't. Sometimes, chocolate is used to mask the flavor of stuff that's good for you (like vitamins or minerals), but for the most part, chocolate lovers want to keep their chocolate free of adulterants. The supply of chocolate might have a hard time keeping up with the growing demand for it, so it could be difficult to preserve the exact same recipes for chocolate that we have now -- and there could be "vintage chocolates" on the market, sold like fine wines, someday. Here are just a few chocolate tidbits for the choco-philes/chocoholics out there. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

Filed Under: aging, antioxidants, astaxanthin, cacao, chocolate, esthechoc, flavor, food, gmo, taste
Companies: hershey

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    Anonymous Coward, 20 Mar 2015 @ 7:53pm

    "A bit different"? The standard for what constitutes chocolate in the US is cheap and inedible compared to England's standard, so it's no wonder Hershey's is doing everything it can to keep the good stuff out of the country, including suing companies importing "real" Cadbury's and other chocolates into the US. Anyone American who had a chance to taste decent chocolate would know that crap offered here is more like chocolate-scented candle wax than real chocolate. To qualify as chocolate in the U.K., a product must contain at least 20 percent cocoa solids; in the U.S., the minimum is 10 percent; that's just the tip of the iceberg. The two countries' recipes do not resemble one another in any way.

    If you know anyone visiting London, just ask them to buy you a simple, cheap Cadbury bar at a Boots Pharmacy (sort of the equivalent of a CVS or Duane Reade in the US). You'll think you died and went to heaven. You'd have to pay a high price for specialty chocolate to get the same level of deliciousness.

    Time to boycott Hershey's, a corporation that really knows how to throw its weight around -- a boycott would be an easy thing to do as Hershey's is inedible. Or, rather than trying to force Hershey's to allow good chocolate to be imported into the US, how about we pass laws adjusting the quality for chocolate upward so that our standards match those of England? If we cut into Hershey's profits by making them invest in quality ingredients, maybe they won't have so much money to blow on lawyers in future.

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