Chow Okay, Now the Economic Crisis Has Really Hit Home
posted by September 23 at 15:03 PMon
I don’t own a car or a house, or have hundreds of thousands of dollars in the bank, so I’ve felt fairly removed from the tanking economy/collapsing bank talk. Until now. Now, the fucked up economy has taken our chocolate.
On Friday, TODAY consumer correspondent Janice Lieberman reported that Hershey’s has switched to less expensive ingredients in several of its products. In particular, cocoa butter — the ingredient famous for giving chocolate its creamy, melt-in-your-mouth texture — has been replaced with vegetable oil.
The removal of cocoa butter violates the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s definition of milk chocolate, so subtle changes have appeared on the labels of the Hershey’s products with altered recipes. Products once labeled “milk chocolate” now say “chocolate candy,” “made with chocolate” or “chocolatey.”
Read the full story here.
Granted, I never looked to Hershey’s when I wanted high-quality chocolate, but at least it was real.
(Thanks to Nat for the tip.)