In June 2012, I wrote that Hershey’s chocolate bars do not deserve to be called chocolate. Amongst other descriptions, I wrote that it has the texture of grainy clay. It evokes the desire to vomit within a couple bites. Its problem was that it is an over-processed confectionary. I concluded that post by saying that I would take an American Cadbury chocolate bar any day over a Hershey bar even though it paled in comparison by far to an English Cadbury bar.
Since then, I haven’t been eating a lot of chocolate confection. Even though I still favour milk chocolate, these days I’m choosing real chocolate rather than confectionary chocolate. When I do reach out for confectionary though I can easily find the English versions in stores nearby.
Today, I’m dismayed to learn that the Hershey corporation, owner of American Cadbury, has reached an agreement which will halt the importation of all English Cadbury products. Say it isn’t so! My mind is swirling. I can’t comprehend. Half of me wants to run out to the stores in the middle of this snowstorm to go stockpile on English Cadbury (Dairy Milk, Whole Nuts) and Maltesers.
Apparently, “packaging on these items too closely resembles some of their U.S. products”. Maybe so, but the taste of these items are far superior to their U.S. counterparts. I remember the day I had a Whopper. It was sometime in 1993 after
arriving in the US. It had been about 3 years since I had seen small
round chocolate balls. I popped that malted chocolate ball in my mouth
and spat it out faster than you could blink an eye. I gagged. I cried.
Maltesers it was not. I remember when I first saw that classic
red Maltesers bag in Roche Bros in Wellesley…and then again at
Cardullo’s in Harvard Square when I was in college. Cardullo’s was paradise. Maltesers, all
the Cadbury bars, Mcvities Ginger snaps, real Fanta, not to mention the
German chocolates. One of my best days in the United States. The joy of nostalgia.
I can’t believe this is happening. But one thing is clear. I’m staying clear of American Cadbury from henceforth! They can keep their high fructose corn syrup, milk derivatives, and cocoa derivatives mish-mash to themselves.
This is indeed a very dark day.