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Shops offer fake chocolate Easter figurines

Pombal is one of the oldest Easter customs. In addition to traditional, painted eggs, candy can be bought for reward. You can come up with chocolate substitutes beneath the appealing packaging. Eggs or buns of cocoa mass are often indistinguishable from real chocolate figures. It is always worthwhile to read the composition on the packaging, otherwise you may take a sweet brown mass instead of a chocolate bunny.

We can find different types of chocolate on the market, all of which are described in the so-called confectionery decree . This gives a minimum proportion of cocoa solids in milk and bitter chocolate, for dairy and white (which contains only cocoa butter) then it also defines the lowest acceptable level of milk solids. "Chocolate chocolate figures are highlighted in the title. Sugar and dairy ingredients will also be found in the composition but there will be no cocoa solids and information on the amount of cocoa solids, " notes Hana Hoffmann, Editor-in-Chief of the dTest magazine, adding: " If the term "cocoa" or "cocoa" it is supposed to be a substitute for chocolate. "
If you read the label further, you will get certainty from the composition of the product. In those that are not chocolate, sugar, some of the vegetable fats and dried whey, or skimmed milk powder, appear in the first place. Until then, usually followed by cocoa. The price of such products may be lower, but this is not the rule. "For illustration we bought two pieces of Easter bunnies, both wrapped in a colorful alobalu. The smaller figurine was part of a bag called a Easter collection along with an egg in the foil and a stick in the printed package, " says Hana Hoffmann, editor-in-chief of the dTest magazine.

The big 60-gram rabbit was 14.90 CZK, the "easter collection" with a smaller hare of 80 g total weight was CZK 20.90. Calculated to the net weight of the product, the castings are not too priced (248 vs. 261 CZK / kg) or calories (2228 kJ vs. 2294 kJ / 100 g). "These are qualitatively different products, even if you have to find out the differences. They are hidden in a small font on the label on the back of the packaging, " explains Hana Hoffmann and adds: " In the case of a large hare, we bought chocolate, in the latter case a candy with a cocoa-milk figurine without a filling. Sugar is the first choice for both. The non-chocolate bunny reliably revealed the second of the ingredients - palm fat. " The bigger figure is labeled as milk chocolate and declares at least 30% of cocoa solids. Smaller figurines can not bear the name "chocolate", it contains only 4.8% of cocoa powder and is missing cocoa butter.

What chocolate requirements does a prescription?

White chocolate does not contain cocoa solids. It is made mainly from cocoa butter (at least 20%), milk or dairy products (at least 14% milk solids) and sugar.

Milk chocolate
contains at least 25% of total cocoa solids and 3.5% milk fat. As a "extra", milk chocolate is labeled with a minimum of 30% total cocoa solids, 18% milk solids and 4.5% milk fat.

Bitter chocolate must contain at least 35% of the total cocoa solids, the higher quality products (extra) then 43%. There are also a number of bitter chocolate with much higher cocoa proportions. Most taste tastes can be enjoyed with those with a dry matter content in the range of 60-75%, with chocolate with a higher proportion, bitterness may prevail over the other taste sensations.

Tip dTest: How do you know a chocolate figurine?
Take your work and read the information on the label , especially if the cost of the piece is unusually low.
In the product name you will find the word chocolate .
The second place in the composition will be cocoa or cocoa butter , not vegetable oil.

Source: tz

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