If you haven’t noticed by now, we at Fannie May LOVE chocolate. Not all chocolate, just the real stuff – the 100% untainted decadence bursting with rich, melt-in-your-mouth flavor.
Without even realizing, you may have been the victim of fraudulent chocolate. That is, confections that look and smell like chocolate, but just aren’t quite what you have come to expect with your favorite sweet treat. But how do you know when you’re being fooled? Chocolate versus “chocolaty” may be just one letter apart, but we chocolate aficionados know that this small change makes a big difference.
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty cocoa beans – what’s the real difference between real chocolate and mystery chocolate? Read on and never risk having to fool your taste buds again!
Cocoa Butter vs Vegetable Oil. Cocoa beans are the heart and soul of chocolate. Chocolate aficionados know the key to the best chocolate is in the bean! However, this has not stopped some chocolate companies from attempting to lower costs by replacing cocoa butter with vegetable oil, resulting in a chocolate sometimes referred to as “mockolate”.
Watch the Wording. Before you purchase your decadent chocolate treat, read the label! Make sure it says chocolate, real chocolate, or 100% chocolate. The Food and Drug Administration has specific rules and regulations as to what can and cannot classify something as “real” chocolate. Mystery chocolate sellers use terms such as “chocolate candy”, “chocolaty”, or “made with chocolate” to mislead your mind – but these fake ingredients won’t mislead your mouth!
What’s the real difference?
We’ve given you ways to spot the fake chocolate, now you’re probably wondering “why bother”? Mystery chocolate is mostly cheaper and tastes similar enough, so why all the fuss? Here are some benefits you may miss out on when choosing fake over real chocolate:
The flavor. No big surprise here – real chocolate not only tastes better, but has a much more enjoyable consistency. No waxy feeling here!
The health benefits. Chocolate sure does have a lot of benefits for such a deliciously sweet treat! Real dark chocolate can not only help lower cholesterol levels, improve brain functions, and protect skin against the sun’s harmful rays, but it can also help regulate blood pressure and even prevent stroke! The real health highlight is the large amount of antioxidants found in this decadent dessert. In contrast, chocolate bars that contain certain oils instead of cocoa butter can actually have negative effects on your health such as raising your bad cholesterol levels. Get the full scoop on the benefits of chocolate here.
So why eat fake chocolate when you can eat the real thing?! And remember, just a little bit of chocolate can make the day seem so much sweeter.