Chocolate Lovers Pained by Candy Changes
More ‘Chocolate’ Candy Bars Now Include Vegetable Oils Instead of Pricey Cocoa Butter
By ALICE GOMSTYN
ABC NEWS Business Unit
Sept. 2, 2008
For years, Sharon Leitner’s candy bar of choice was Take 5.
“I liked that it was a combination of different flavors,” the Cincinnati resident said. “It was salty and sweet, [with] caramel and peanut butter and chocolate, and it had something for everybody.”
But this past spring, Leitner, 24, noticed a change.
“It just didn’t taste like it used to,” she said. The new taste was “more waxy and artificial.”
The article traces a lot of the changes in Hershey’s products.
Hershey, meanwhile, stands by its products. The company “is committed to making the world’s best chocolate,” said spokesman Kirk Saville.
While a “handful” of the company’s products do include vegetable oils other than cocoa butter, he said, “we continue to make Hershey’s, Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s peanut butter cups with pure milk chocolate as we have for over a century.”
I’m afraid that the specific listing of those products means that they’re going to be the ONLY ones with real chocolate soon.
(Yes, I was interviewed for this article, too. There’s also an interesting bunch of comments on it at the ABC News site as well, so click through.)