The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

23 April 2007

Listen closely and you can hear Snickers

Is nothing sacred?

Currently, there are laws mandating that products marketed as "chocolate" must contain a certain percentage of cocoa butter by weight. However, the FDA is reviewing a "citizens petition" to allow chocolate manufacturers to substitute vegetable fats or oils for the cocoa butter. Who are these citizens? [An L.A. Times columnist] reports that they belong to the Chocolate Manufacturers Assn., the Grocery Manufacturers Assn., the Snack Food Assn. and the National Cattlemen's Beef Assn.

One could argue, I suppose, that the FDA shouldn't be issuing its own definitions for products, but since they are, and since it's pretty likely that those definitions were influenced by the various manufacturers in the first place, can there possibly be any explanation for changing this definition, other than the desire by those manufacturers to charge the same amount for an inferior product?

One suggestion:

[H]ave such chocolates labeled "American Chocolate." Like "American Cheese", the name will be synonymous with something that's low-quality and bad-tasting. The FDA can then decide whether they want to debase the "American brand" by going through with this.

There's one possible hangup here: there are plenty of steps below "American Cheese," as Kraft well knows, having taken most of them.

Posted at 5:34 PM to Political Science Fiction , Worth a Fork


CHOCOLATE NAZIS! They've come for your Hershey's!

Posted by: Veronica at 6:02 PM on 23 April 2007

I have never understood why Kraft never extended the "Whiz" franchise. Why only Cheese Whiz? Why not Chocolate Whiz? Peanut Butter and Jelly Whiz? Chicken Whiz?

When I'm president, there'll be two cans of Steak Whiz in every pot.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 6:40 PM on 24 April 2007

Assuming we still have a pot to Whiz in.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:04 PM on 24 April 2007

This corporate control of our lives has got to stop! It's like the mafia. When the mafia goes into a town, all goes to hell, and when the corporations come in, everything goes to hell. Stop! We don't want your changes, which will save you money! Haven't you, the corporations, made enough off the Bush administration? If you change chocolate, debase it, you will have lost a good customer in me! We should all boycott corporate products.

Posted by: Bonnie Langhaar at 9:03 AM on 26 April 2007