Being in the business of chocolate and chocolate gifts delivery we realised that the most common questions we hear are “How is your chocolate is different from other mass-market brands like Royce, Lindt or Godiva?” In this blog we will try to address just one very important aspect of chocolate - it’s ingredients. We will try to explain how global media are trying to hide harmfulness of mass-market chocolate under “dark chocolate is good for your health” campaign.
But let us be clear from the very beginning
Nowadays it is very difficult to find articles that describe the possible bad effect of chocolate on your health. But let us be clear from the very beginning. We do not state that chocolate is unhealthy. It would be deadly for our business and reputation. What we want to say is that not all chocolates delivered to your door of your shelves are equally healthy. We want to explain Hello Chocolate’s mission to guard truly amazing world of delicious and healthy chocolate and chocolate gifts from those producers that want to penetrate (and some of the successfully do) it via unlimited marketing and media support.
Most probably you already noticed the wide-spreading media noise that prizes healthy benefits of dark chocolate suggesting to consume it on a daily basis. They promote the idea claiming dark chocolate to prevent heart diseases, gastrointestinal problems and improves brain functions. It seems like eating chocolate is a proven way to eternal life. The problem is that most of those campaigns are funded by dominant chocolate manufacturers chocolate quality of which is more than doubtful.
The truth is that big chocolate manufacturers manage to make millions of dollars by selling chocolate created with cheap, low-quality and often unhealthy ingredients.
Historically in Mayas and Aztecs civilizations, cacao was consumed in liquid form mixed with just a few spices and water. But those times are long gone. Industrial revolution dramatically increased ability to produce any possibly imagined types of products with much smoother texture and attractive flavours. Now a lot of investments goes into R&D to develop chocolate or “chocolate” that sells or attract customers as a gift.
But what about the cost of production? That is exactly where the devil is hiding. Shareholders earning math dictates that cost of production should remain as low as possible and even lower. As a result, we have questionable and hard-to-pronounce ingredients that can deteriorate consumer’s health in a long run. And it’s all without you even noticing.
But like in the economy one can’t increase profitability without whether increasing the price (not an option for price-sensitive mass-market producers) or reducing cost, there is no way bar of all-natural and healthy chocolate can cost 1$. No miracles!
So the trick is if you want to replace expensive cocoa butter, you substitute it with hydrogenated oils like palm oil, soybean oil and other trans fats that are all but healthy to us. That is how producers get the smooth texture for cheaper.
What to be protected and be sure that chocolate delivered to you doesn’t contain any hydrogenated oil? Shop our collection of best craft chocolate bars from around the world. What to share this good news with your loved ones? Send perfect craft chocolate gift delivered to their doorsteps.
And when we are talking about flavoured chocolate, we meet the whole bunch of artificial flavours that are much cheaper than natural ones. For example, why to buy fresh raspberries like our Ocelot Chocolate does for their Raspberry bar when something like “raspberry extract”, whatever it possibly means, exists? Or why to bother with expensive Madagascan vanilla beans like Mast Brothers Chocolate does for it’s Vanilla bar when vanillin is so cheap and easy to get? You can be disappointed greatly when you start to read your chocolate’s ingredient list.
Next truth is that most of the packaged industrially produced products like potato chips or so are produced with ingredients that are created to create an addiction effect. I think you are familiar with this “can’t stop eating” and “always want more” effect. And addiction is always good for sales.
Same with chocolate. And it created not only with the great amount of sugar but a great amount of salt and trans fats mixed together in one product. The mix of sweet (sugar) and sour (salt) is what makes packaged mass-market food so addictive. Add to this fat that in combination with sugar triggers special senses in our brain that are responsible for wanting more. All three of them combined in products make big companies more profitable and consumers to visit hospital more frequently.
So slowly but steadily we approached very lucrative market of “sugar free” and “low-calorie” chocolate. If you check our section of No-sugar and low-sugar chocolate you will see that there is no magic connected with it. If you want sugar-free chocolate you get 100% dark chocolate bars that do not contain ANY sugar. But for those who want to find a short-cut to reduce sugar consumption eating sweet stuff big manufacturers developed that whole range of chocolates with quite scary ingredients.
So, ladies and gentlemen, meet the army of artificial and “semi-natural” sweeteners.
Maltilol - the cheapest and the most popular one - followed by polyglycotol, xylitol, inulin and sorbitol. Those guys are born in laboratories and are very famous for their side effects on our precious bodies. Abdominal pain and fat, gastrointestinal discomfort and diarrhea are just a few of them.
Therefore, the question is whether it is wise to trade a small amount of old good sugar fro quite dangerous and uninvestigated substances?
Another danger is that low-sugar products contain more fat that, as was mentioned above, substituted by very questionable oils.
Sucralose, aspartme and saccharin are just some of the other chemicals offered to those pursuing low-calorie chocolate.
How to avoid being fed with the army of chemicals instead of chocolate? First of all, check the ingredients list when shopping for chocolate. If you see any suspicious or unfamiliar ingredients, we recommend to Google it first.
Another option is to shop with Hello Chocolate. We carefully select our chocolate and most of the bars doesn’t contain any other ingredients but cocoa and cane sugar. We would be happy to deliver the best example of sustainably made chocolate to you or chocolate gift collections to your loved ones. You can check the whole available assortment in our Chocolate Library or send a gift from our Chocolate Gifts section.