As a family-owned company that still makes our own chocolate, we create only pure, authentic chocolate that contains 100 percent cocoa butter. With nearly 100 years of chocolate-making experience, we know that there’s no substitute.
U.S. Standard of Identity for Chocolate
U.S. Standards of Identity are government regulations that define which ingredients may be used to make a food product in order to be allowed to call it by a certain name. For chocolate, the Standards of Identity require that cocoa butter be the only source of fat (except for milk fat). Other requirements include a specific amount of chocolate liquor, use of flavorings and sugar substitutes.
How Do You Tell If It's Real Chocolate?
Just read the package. For 100 percent real, authentic chocolate, look for the words "milk chocolate," "semi-sweet chocolate," or "bittersweet chocolate" on the package. It's probably not the real thing if you see the words, "chocolate flavor," "chocolate coating," "chocolaty," or "made with chocolate." And don’t be fooled by packaging that implies chocolate, but doesn't even mention it by name.
The Story of Chocolate
The story of chocolate is both a global story and a highly personal one. From the rituals of the ancient Maya to the treat you enjoyed today after lunch, chocolate is a nearly universal language.
The History of Chocolate
Chocolate’s rich history spans the centuries. Only relatively recently have people started preparing sweet chocolates.