Thursday, March 6, 2008

New And Unimproved!

If you look closely at the above picture, you will notice a few small differences between these candy bars. The first bar proudly and simply states that it *is* "peanuts in milk chocolate".
The second bar, however, adjusts this formula to declare that it is "made *with* chocolate and peanuts."
The difference, in short, seems to be that the cocoa butter has been removed, and replaced with vegetable oil and salt.
If I am remembering right, cocoa butter is the most expensive part of milk chocolate, much as cream is the priciest part of milk. Companies that extract the cocoa butter from their chocolate can sell it to other companies who want it, reducing the cost of the chocolate. This means you now get a less yummy, less valuable candy bar, for the same price as before.
Healthwise, the new recipe very slightly decreases the snack's cholesterol, slightly increases the fat, and more than *triples* the bar's sodium content.
So, farewell, Mr. Goodbar, and hello to Mr. Mediocrebar.

1 comment:

purpleivey said...

Mmm, vegetable oil...

O, Mr. Goodbar, my Mr. Goodbar, why hast thou forsaken me?