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(Live Science)   Scientists develop technique to bust chocolate counterfeiters. In other news, there are chocolate counterfeiters   (livescience.com) divider line 37
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2014-01-19 12:11:54 AM  
Most of the cinnamon and vanilla we consume is fake, not sure why chocolate would be any different.
 
2014-01-19 12:13:26 AM  
You mean besides Hershey and Mars?
 
2014-01-19 12:30:55 AM  
Not that hard.  Just look for this:


HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Bar
i.walmartimages.com
 
2014-01-19 12:39:51 AM  
Hershey's "chocolate" should be banned. That shiat is nasty. It tastes like ashes.
 
2014-01-19 12:51:16 AM  
Herseys is fake
 
2014-01-19 12:55:49 AM  
I thought that the last time I bought a Snickers bar, it tasted weird, and I looked at the ingredients to see the chocolate was made with some sort of "artificial flavor". I'm not sure when they started downgrading the chocolate in candy bars, but it's getting worse and worse.
 
2014-01-19 01:00:34 AM  

EmmaLou: Hershey's "chocolate" should be banned. That shiat is nasty. It tastes like ashes.


It tastes like they put sour cheese in it.
 
2014-01-19 04:03:13 AM  
chocolate snob thread!!!
 
2014-01-19 06:05:26 AM  
It was in Empire of the Sun where I first saw a Hershey's bar, and a few months ago I was in the USA and saw one for the first time so I decided to try it, based on the fact it was in the film I loved as a kid. I couldn't even finish the bar it was so bad. It's just awful.
 
2014-01-19 06:26:26 AM  
I've always been happy with most of Nestle's stuff myself. Other chocolate seems to be very bland and plastic-y.

Mmm, sweet, sweet child labor.
 
2014-01-19 07:23:23 AM  
They can have my Palmer chocolate when they pry it from my cold dead lips.

img.fark.net
 
2014-01-19 07:57:45 AM  
Carob?
 
2014-01-19 08:05:03 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: You mean besides Hershey and Mars?


Bucky Katt: Not that hard.  Just look for this:


HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Bar
[i.walmartimages.com image 500x500]


EmmaLou: Hershey's "chocolate" should be banned. That shiat is nasty. It tastes like ashes.


vudukungfu: Herseys is fake


itcamefromschenectady: I thought that the last time I bought a Snickers bar, it tasted weird, and I looked at the ingredients to see the chocolate was made with some sort of "artificial flavor". I'm not sure when they started downgrading the chocolate in candy bars, but it's getting worse and worse.



Glad to see this has already been covered!
 
2014-01-19 08:37:05 AM  
We cannot allow a chocolate gap!
 
2014-01-19 09:21:30 AM  
A few years ago hershey and Nestley were petitioning the FDA to change the regulation to remove the requirement of the use of cocoa to officially call something "chocolate". Naturally, the job killers refused, burdening them with another federally mandated socialist law by keeping them requirement.
 
2014-01-19 09:47:56 AM  
Seriously?  This is a USDA scientific research project?  You have to furlough health inspectors but continue research such as this.  Keep in mind they're not testing for chemical composition (using additives as substitutes for cacao), they ARE testing for genetic makeup of the cocoa to ensure it only comes from certain plants.  If this was paid for by tax dollars its waste, plain and simple.  This is not a health concern or even a quality concern (premium cacao more nutritious than standard cacao?).  Prof Grivetti of UCA seems to have his head on strait when he says "...so what? Does that improve the quality or improve the flavor? No.".  If this research had any real applicable use such as say a full genetic work up of various cacao plants in an effort to create a cross breeding program whose goals are increased genetic diversity to thwart disease then sure I could see its worth.  As it stands though this seems more like a waste of time for a bunch of accomplished scientists.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-01-19 09:58:37 AM  
Genuine "cat poop" coffee goes for $600 per pound. There is a market for counterfeit Kopi Luwak that has not in fact been eaten and excreted by a civet. A man, I think from Canada, has a test to tell the difference between real and fake. I saw him speak at the Ig Nobel lectures about 8 years ago.
 
2014-01-19 10:52:07 AM  
SLUGWORTH!
 
2014-01-19 12:10:22 PM  

Slaxl: It was in Empire of the Sun where I first saw a Hershey's bar, and a few months ago I was in the USA and saw one for the first time so I decided to try it, based on the fact it was in the film I loved as a kid. I couldn't even finish the bar it was so bad. It's just awful.


CSB
I lived in England for a few years and was friends with the guy who used to empty my office trash. He had fond memories of the Hershey bars the American GIs would bring over during the war. On my last trip over there from America I brought him one of those cases of 24 bars. I hope they were as good as he remembered, but I suspect he took a bite and was like WTF?
 
2014-01-19 12:34:01 PM  
Ask any fat guy to point out the difference between good chocolate and bad chocolate. There, I just saved thousands in research material.
 
2014-01-19 12:52:44 PM  
Guilty as charged...

assets.sbnation.com

/good times!
 
2014-01-19 01:02:35 PM  

AKA Joker: If this was paid for by tax dollars its waste, plain and simple.


Science is never a waste. You never know where it will take you until you get there.
 
2014-01-19 01:06:19 PM  
After tasting dove and lindt chocolate, Hersheys is bland, waxy and just plain gross.
 
2014-01-19 01:15:59 PM  
Salted Lindt or GTFO
 
2014-01-19 01:22:49 PM  

ZAZ: Genuine "cat poop" coffee goes for $600 per pound. There is a market for counterfeit Kopi Luwak that has not in fact been eaten and excreted by a civet. A man, I think from Canada, has a test to tell the difference between real and fake. I saw him speak at the Ig Nobel lectures about 8 years ago.


For $600 per pound, I will eat coffee beans and poop into a strainer myself. There has to be a market for this.
 
2014-01-19 03:29:14 PM  

Fear the Clam: Slaxl: It was in Empire of the Sun where I first saw a Hershey's bar, and a few months ago I was in the USA and saw one for the first time so I decided to try it, based on the fact it was in the film I loved as a kid. I couldn't even finish the bar it was so bad. It's just awful.

CSB
I lived in England for a few years and was friends with the guy who used to empty my office trash. He had fond memories of the Hershey bars the American GIs would bring over during the war. On my last trip over there from America I brought him one of those cases of 24 bars. I hope they were as good as he remembered, but I suspect he took a bite and was like WTF?


Wasn't GI-ration chocolate (intended for a rapid energy boost in emergencies) made with a different formula to specifically make it less pleasant to eat so that people wouldn't snarf them down?
 
2014-01-19 03:51:30 PM  

EmmaLou: Hershey's "chocolate" should be banned. That shiat is nasty. It tastes like ashes.


Like coffee, cocoa beans vary wildly in flavor.  To keep they chocolate consistent, Hersey's has always "over-roasted" (read: burned) their beans.  That way, every bar tastes exactly the same.

Starbucks does the same thing with their coffee.

/buy my chocolate at Aldi's as they stock European-made chocolate and it's cheap
//get my coffee anywhere but Starbucks
 
2014-01-19 04:17:23 PM  

FatMason: They can have my Palmer chocolate when they pry it from my cold dead lips.

[img.fark.net image 512x341]


I hope my sarcasm meter is busted because Palmers is horrible.  It might be useful in an emergency...as lamp oil.
 
2014-01-19 04:19:35 PM  

viscountalpha: After tasting dove and lindt chocolate, Hersheys is bland, waxy and just plain gross.


sotua: Salted Lindt or GTFO


I can get on board with Dove but even Lindt is so-so and more marketing than flavor.
 
2014-01-19 04:25:50 PM  

Mister Peejay: Wasn't GI-ration chocolate (intended for a rapid energy boost in emergencies) made with a different formula to specifically make it less pleasant to eat so that people wouldn't snarf them down?


I believe the recipe was changed to prevent the chocolate from melting in hot conditions. I'm sure I read that ages ago but mind like a sieve and the amnesia doesn't help.

viscountalpha: After tasting dove and lindt chocolate, Hersheys is bland, waxy and just plain gross.


Get yourself some of these

www.austrianfood.net

You can thank me later.
 
2014-01-19 04:50:23 PM  
At the risk of sounding like a chocolate snob...Godiva is one of the best out there, Hershey tastes like chocolate flavored wax to me.
 
2014-01-19 05:31:27 PM  

Gordon Bennett: AKA Joker: If this was paid for by tax dollars its waste, plain and simple.

Science is never a waste. You never know where it will take you until you get there.


While that can be true money can be wasted on science with very limited applications.  Its not like their going to stumble upon a cure for AIDS or influenza whist researching the genetic differences in chocolate.  They had an expressed purpose in mind with this research and a very limited scope.  Not sure how we can justify shuttering/cancelling colliders while spending money to genetically identify certain regional cacao in chocolate for the expressed purpose of calling it premium.  'Premium' chocolate or unlocking the secrets that make up the very fabric of the universe, tough call.
 
2014-01-19 06:19:20 PM  
Cheap? Cadbury Dairy Milk. (Or Hershey's Symphony bar; not the same chocolate as their standard bar)

Expensive? Bissinger's balls/slabs.

Candy Bar? Reese's Crispy Crunchy. (close second: Cadbury Caramello)

TFA? There will always be idiots that WANT to overpay for a product to obtain the image and air of exclusivity.
 
2014-01-19 07:16:15 PM  

AKA Joker: Gordon Bennett: AKA Joker: If this was paid for by tax dollars its waste, plain and simple.

Science is never a waste. You never know where it will take you until you get there.

While that can be true money can be wasted on science with very limited applications.  Its not like their going to stumble upon a cure for AIDS or influenza whist researching the genetic differences in chocolate.  They had an expressed purpose in mind with this research and a very limited scope.  Not sure how we can justify shuttering/cancelling colliders while spending money to genetically identify certain regional cacao in chocolate for the expressed purpose of calling it premium.  'Premium' chocolate or unlocking the secrets that make up the very fabric of the universe, tough call.


Probably not directly but as I said, you never know what might be unlocked later using this research. Who could have anticipated that studying the colours produced when heated metal glows would lead directly to the development of the whole of quantum physics?
 
2014-01-19 07:51:47 PM  
I only saw "Chocolate" and "Bust" in the headline, and now I'm confused.
 
2014-01-19 11:12:26 PM  

AKA Joker: Seriously?  This is a USDA scientific research project?  You have to furlough health inspectors but continue research such as this.  Keep in mind they're not testing for chemical composition (using additives as substitutes for cacao), they ARE testing for genetic makeup of the cocoa to ensure it only comes from certain plants.  If this was paid for by tax dollars its waste, plain and simple.  This is not a health concern or even a quality concern (premium cacao more nutritious than standard cacao?).  Prof Grivetti of UCA seems to have his head on strait when he says "...so what? Does that improve the quality or improve the flavor? No.".  If this research had any real applicable use such as say a full genetic work up of various cacao plants in an effort to create a cross breeding program whose goals are increased genetic diversity to thwart disease then sure I could see its worth.  As it stands though this seems more like a waste of time for a bunch of accomplished scientists.


You don't understand that the chocolate companies paid a substantial amount of money to some Senator in 'political capitol' so that they could keep some sort of stranglehold on something.
 
2014-01-19 11:36:38 PM  

relaxitsjustme: viscountalpha: After tasting dove and lindt chocolate, Hersheys is bland, waxy and just plain gross.

sotua: Salted Lindt or GTFO

I can get on board with Dove but even Lindt is so-so and more marketing than flavor.


Lindt seems solid for me. It's not top end but it's decent especially when I can get a single truffle on sale for a quarter.

/usually 3 for a $1.00 here.
 
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