When Chocolate Isn't Chocolate
Looks like by "modernizing food standards", the US Chocolate Manufacturers' Association means "get away with foistinga substandard product upon the consumer". The less charitable would call it "ripping [us] off." If I take a strawberry margarita and remove the tequila, replacing it with rum, I no longer have a margarita. I have a daiquiri. Same story here: Chocolate without chocolate ingredients is not chocolate.
The Chocolate Manufacturers Association wants to change how chocolate is defined so that crappy imitation chocolate-flavoured stuff can be reclassified as actual chocolate.
It has asked the Food and Drug Administration if the much cheaper vegetable oil may be substituted for cocoa butter, and whey protein for dry whole milk, and still be called chocolate.
(and, no, white chocolate is not technically chocolate either)
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