Monday, April 30, 2007

Stand up for chocolate


I've talked before on this blog about how the federal government is screwing up our lives. Now, they've went too far: They are messing with our chocolate. Chocoholics unite! We need to stop this!

What am I talking about? In Friday's Washington Post, there's an article called, "Chocolate Purists Alarmed by Proposal To Fudge Standards." Food standards are made by the Food and Drug Administration, and in "Appendix C," they stated the following, "use a vegetable fat in place of another vegetable fat named in the standard (e.g., cacao fat)."
Chocolate lovers read that as a direct assault on their palates. That's because the current FDA standard for chocolate says it must contain cacao fat -- a.k.a. cocoa butter -- and this proposal would make it possible to call something chocolate even if it had vegetable oil instead of that defining ingredient. Whoppers malted milk balls, for instance, do not have cocoa butter.
You mean to say that something can be called chocolate but actually not have any chocolate in it? That's ridiculuous. I'm shocked! I'm outraged! Not to worry, according to the Post article, there's already a grassroots campaign out there to stop this.
Chocolate purists, of which there are apparently many, have undertaken a grassroots letter-writing campaign to the FDA to inform the agency that such a change to the standards is just not okay with them. More than 225 comments to the petition have been processed so far by the agency, and chocolate bloggers are pressing for more. In the annals of bureaucratic Washington battles, this is a sweet one.

"If this puts a smile on people's faces even though it's a serious matter, that's what chocolate is meant to do," said California chocolate maker and traditionalist Gary Guittard, whose Web site, DontMessWithOurChocolate.com, has led the counterassault.
Jump on the bandwagon today! Forget global warming! THIS is the most important issue for our generation. HA! If chocolate is not sacred, then nothing is. Write the FDA; Write your congress member; Heck, tell Hillary, Barack, and Rudy. Stand up for chocolate - You'll be glad you did....

9 comments:

Mother Jones RN said...

The food Nazis have just crossed the line! Yes, chocolate is bad for you, everyone knows it’s bad for you, so why can't they just leave it alone. Gees to Pete, is nothing sacred anymore?

Anonymous said...

Where's the candyman when you need him?

Who can take a sunrise,
Sprinkle it with dew?
Cover it in chocolate and a miracle or two…
The candyman, the candyman can,
The candyman can 'cause he mixes it with love
and makes the world taste good…Muddy

Chrysalis Angel said...

That's probably the one thing on this planet that I could not give up. Must have chocolate!:)

HP said...

Messing with chocolate is an unforgiveable offence in my book!

A Mom Who Thinks Too Much said...

Brings all new meaning to the word sinful ...

P.L. Frederick said...

Chocolate deserves its rights!

Just found your blog. Informative postings. Wanna trade links? I added you to me links already at Small and Big.

Mary Lu said...

Does the word Obscene fit in here? I swear no one in this crowd has a lick of common sense any more! I've linked to you and commented. Thanks Doc!

SeaSpray said...

Hi Dr A - I really dislike how companies compromise a good product for the almighty dollar. I understand that everyone wants to make a decent living and save a penny here and there but NOT THE CHOCOLATE! Isn't good chocolate like heaven on earth - SACRED? I see some bad karma happening if they do this.

I know that certain types of dark chocolate are supposed to have health benefits for us. I actually bought a bag of cheap chocolate from Walmart on valentines day and we ended up throwing it out because no one was eating it. I will never buy cheap chocolate again!

Dr. Deb said...

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!!!!