and today i grabbed a bar of something i haven't seen in a long-time: real chocolate. devoted readers know i've spent years tracking the attempt to foist fake chocolate on us, by way of the lowering of food standards.
real chocolate should only be allowed to have miniscule amounts of lecithin, if any, not too much "milk powder" or "whey solids," a good amount of cocoa; and of course anything called chocolate must be largely, overwhelmingly, possessed of real cocoa butter.
but everywhere you turn the e.u. and the u.s.a. are being lobbied by mega-multi-national corporations who want nothing more than cheap out the chocolate with fake-y "replacements." the e.u. caved, pitifully.
will the u.s.a. be next?
the entire situation is tragic. that's why i was thrilled, thrilled, thrilled to see one of my favorite artisanal chocolatiers, bernard castelain, back in the store today. i love the 77% noir intense.
it's much better than old, old bccy pal alex rast lets on. i nearly bought out the whole store, but confined myself to one unctuous pure cocoa butter bar.