Don't You Dare Mess With My Chocolate!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

 

Sad KidI'm not the only one who was shocked and dismayed at the recent news that top chocolate companies are taking the cocoa butter out of chocolate, and replacing it with…yuck....vegetable oil!

It's being driven by cost, of course, and Hershey is one of the candy makers that thought changing ingredients to reduce cost would be better than reducing the size or increasing the price of candy. Problem is, it's the cocoa butter that gives chocolate that smooth, melts-in-your-mouth taste and texture. Unless you are aware of the switch and read the ingredients, you might find yourself eating not chocolate but something that is "made with chocolate" or is "chocolate candy" or "chocolatey." And wondering why it doesn't taste as good as it used to.

Chocolate CandyFor now, at least, Hershey Kisses, peanut butter cups, and some other chocolate products have cocoa butter. But other candy now has palm, shea, sunflower, or safflower oil instead, and many people feel the taste has suffered. Of course, the candy makers are not advertising the change or labeling the candy to draw attention; you have to read the ingredients. (There's little difference in calories or fat content, but cocoa butter is actually healthier than the oils replacing it. Cocoa butter doesn't raise cholesterol levels, and it protects chocolate's antioxidant properties.) If the list doesn't include cocoa butter, it's not chocolate.

Tin of ChocolatesIn 2007 some industry groups tried lobbying the FDA to change the definition of chocolate to allow replacing cocoa butter. They ran into a firestorm of chocolate lovers who swamped the FDA with letters and effectively put an end to the industry end-run. Hooray for the power of the people!

What does this have to do with real estate? Whatever you are selling – whether chocolate or condos – people want the genuine article. They want to know that you are who you say you are, that you are being completely honest with them, and that they can rely on you to deliver what you promise. It can be tempting to cut corners when things get tight, but that's exactly when people need us to be open and professional. It never pays to try to fool someone into buying a sub-standard product. So I won't mess with my sellers and buyers, and I won't let anyone mess with my chocolate!

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Christine, Let us know what you find when baking all those goodies.

Jan 11, 2009 09:07 PM #75
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Cynthia Bartch
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Oh No Margaret say it isn't so!

Chocolate is sacred, did you know that? Of course you know that! Since moving from the MD area I haven't been to Rheb's Homemade Candies on Wilkens Avenue in quite some time. I bet they will not comply, I'm sure of it!

Jan 12, 2009 12:19 AM #76
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Cynthia, Just called Rhebs and they assured me that nothing is changed! They are still making their candy like they did 75 years ago! When are you coming back for a visit?

Jan 12, 2009 03:03 AM #77
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Rebecca Anne Cole
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This is the first I have heard of replacing cocoa butter with oil.  It even sounds unappetizing.  I will be sure to read labels and buy the real thing.

Jan 12, 2009 04:29 AM #78
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Carol Clay
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Oh thanks...I've been craving chocolat all day...and now I read this! There's nothing I like better than really good chocolate. I agree....don't mess with a good thing.

Jan 12, 2009 04:53 AM #79
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Rebecca, Keep reading those labels.

Carol, So what kind are you having today? "I agree.....don't mess with a good thing."

Jan 12, 2009 07:52 AM #80
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Eileen Hsu
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Hey Margaret - thanks for the fantastic post. I vote for cocoa butter in my chocolate, along with the whole fat milk and sugar in my ice cream! Without those 'sinful' ingredients, theose lovely deserts won't be real treats!

Jan 12, 2009 01:46 PM #81
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Evelyn Johnston
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Great comparison Margaret!  I have backed off chocolate compared to what I are years ago, but when I do indulge I want the real thing.

Jan 12, 2009 10:50 PM #82
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Cynthia Bartch
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Margaret, Look how passionate people are about chocolate! Very fitting.

I just had wonderful, whirlwind visit w/ family & friends this past Thanksgiving so it will be another year before I get back. Next time I hope to get some of those delicious Rhebs chocolates!

Thanks for the kind email, I appreciated it. Have a great New Year!

Jan 13, 2009 01:01 AM #83
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Eileen and Evelyn, Yes , give us the real thing.

Cynthia, Just remember to call me when you visit next year. We can have some chocolate together.  BTW where does your family live?

Jan 13, 2009 02:44 AM #84
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James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes
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... All the beater reason to go to the gym and give up junk food..... BTW... My blog buddy Pat Kennedy just mentioned you - so I will be one of your new readers...  I hope to learn something!!  :-)

Jan 13, 2009 02:10 PM #85
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Margaret, the tie-in with real estate was nice, BUT it wasn't even necessary.  You had my attention with the changes to chocolate - I'd rather just have a smaller piece (they've been shrinking it for years, so what's different now?

Jan 13, 2009 03:05 PM #86
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James, I will be at the gym within the hour. Your blog buddy, Pat, is so special. We met in Annapolis last month and feel like we are good freinds. I have a feeling I can learn from you!

Margaret, I'd rather have the smaller piece of the real thing. No, let's change that, rather have a larger piece of the real thing. Thanks for stopping by.

Jan 13, 2009 09:07 PM #87
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Hi again Margaret, Family is in Columbia, Severna Park, & the Pasadena area. Friends are located in  Pasadena, Severna Park, Annapolis and the lovely Eastern Shore of Grasonville. So we are always on the go when in town!

My daughter was born at St. Agnes so I'm sure someone brought me a yummy box of Rhebs!

I love following your blog not only for the great intel, but also for the fond memories. Thanks for blogging!

Jan 14, 2009 02:45 PM #88
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Danny Gerald
Carpenter Realtors - Greenfield, IN

If we all decide to boycott the fake chocolate then I guarantee things would quickly change, but I'm not sure I can convince my kids?

Jan 16, 2009 01:49 AM #89
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Cynthia, Thanks for following my blogs. You really do have family and friends all over. Let me know if I can do anything for you,your friends or  family here in Maryland.

Danny, We just have to read the labels and buy only the real thing!

Jan 18, 2009 06:18 AM #90
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Margaret...

I haven't the time or energy to read all these comments. Do forgive me if I mimic anyone. I have noticed the difference in some of the candy I like. I didn't think to read the ingredients. I just thought my taste buds were getting old. Glad to see that is not the case :)

TLW...ROAR!

Jan 20, 2009 11:12 AM #91
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Billie, Your taste buds are just fine! Nothing about you is old especially your spirit.

 I have been keeping up with BB and think of you  often. Continue to improve every day! Love to you both!

Jan 20, 2009 11:29 AM #92
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AMEN!  I am a sucker for Lindt truffles and candy bars and you'd better believe we are talking sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa, milk and not much else.  The way it should be!

Jan 24, 2009 05:17 PM #93
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Lindt dark chocolate

Angela,  Here is some Lindt for you. The dark chocolate looks pretty delish!

Jan 24, 2009 11:17 PM #94
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