Why are companies using palm oil instead of real dark chocolate?

Palm oil is cheaper and easier to ship, making it a cost cutting ingredient for most manufacturers. Harvesting palm trees is a major source of deforestation of the rainforest—many times, the entire palm tree is cut down just to access the oil. Even with big environmental implications, palm oil is a key ingredient in most products and shelf stable foods. Chocolate made from palm oil is not real.

Real Dark Chocolate uses the natural cocoa butter from the cacao fruit, which preserves the tree when harvested and provides the smooth indulgent taste you expect from chocolate. Better for the environment and better taste for you.

Know the difference

When you see Dark Chocolate on the label, is it really dark chocolate?*  Dark chocolate is wholly made from the cocoa bean! This means real dark chocolate is made from cocoa and cocoa butter. Cocoa butter provides the smooth texture that enhances dark chocolate’s luscious indulgent flavor. When vegetable fats, like palm kernel oil, are subtituted for the natual cocoa butter, you lose the velvety, indulgent, dark chocolate flavor you know and love. 

Check the back of your wrapper

If the ingredients don't state Dark Chocolate (Unsweetened Chocolate, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter), then it's not REAL Dark Chocolate. If a principal ingredient is PALM KERNEL OIL, it is FAKE DARK CHOCOLATE.

4th Ingredient: Palm Kernel Oil

Ingredients: Almonds, Chicory Root Fiber, Honey, Palm Kernel Oil, Sugar, Glucose, Syrup, Rice Flour, Milk Powder, Sea Salt, Carob Powder, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavor, Annatto.

6th Ingredient: Palm Kernel Oil

Ingredients: Peanuts, Almonds, Glucose Syrup, Soy Protein Isolate, Honey, Palm Kernel Oil, Sugar, Chicory Root Fiber, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Powder, Vanilla Extract, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Natural Flavor, Cocoa Butter.

NOTE: Cocoa butter is the last ingredient. That means there is virtually NO cocoa butter in the product. It is deceptively listed in an attempt to hide that the product is fake dark chocolate.

4th Ingredient: Palm Kernel Oil

Ingredients: Protein Blend (Milk Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate), Chocolate Flavor Coating (Maltitol, Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Whey Protein Concentrate, Cocoa (processed with Alkali), Calcium Carbonate, Natural Flavors, Soy Lecithin, Sucralose), Hydrolyzed Collagen, Glycerin, Cocoa Powder, Water, Milk Chocolate Drops (Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Milk Fat, Soy Lecithin, Natural Vanilla Flavor), Maltitol Syrup, Peanut Flour, Natural Flavors, Sucralose, Almond Butter, Soy Lecithin. Contains milk, soy, peanut and tree nut (almond) ingredients).

1st Ingredient: Dark Chocolate

Ingredients: Dark Chocolate (Unsweetened Chocolate, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter), Soy Crisp (Soy Protein, Tapioca Starch, Salt), Tapioca Syrup, Agave Syrup, Brown Crisp Rice, Soy Protein Isolate, Acacia Gum, Sea Salt, Natural Flavors, Soy Lecithin.
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2nd Ingredient: Dark Chocolate

Ingredients: Protein Blend [Soy Crisp (Soy Protein, Tapioca Starch, Salt), Rice Protein, Soy Protein], Dark Chocolate (Chocolate Liquor, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter), Chicory Root, Vegetable Glycerine, Peanuts, Peanut Flour, Almonds, Chocolate Liquor, Rice Bran, Natural Flavors, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Peanut Extract, Salt.
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*USA Code 21 C.F.R. § 163.153  If vegetable fat (palm oil) is substituted for natural cocoa butter, the resulting product is referred to as "chocolaty coating with vegetable fat", or "dark chocolate flavored coating".

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