Co­coa Solids

Consumer Voice - - Milk Chocolates -

An im­por­tant fac­tor in de­ter­min­ing the in­ten­sity of a choco­late’s taste is the co­coa con­tent, in­clud­ing the co­coa mass and the co­coa but­ter. Co­coa solids are a mix­ture of many sub­stances re­main­ing af­ter the co­coa but­ter is ex­tracted from co­coa beans. Co­coa solids can range from a light brown to a deep red­dish­brown colour. As per FSS Reg­u­la­tions, co­coa solids (on mois­ture and fat-free ba­sis) in milk choco­late should be not less than 2.5 per cent by weight. So, higher is bet­ter for con­sumers. In all the brands, co­coa solids were found to be

more than the pre­scribed le­gal limit. High­est per­cent­age of co­coa solids was found in Amul (3.82 per cent) and low­est in Cad­bury Dairy Milk (2.58 per cent). Brand Amul Delav­i­uda Sch­mit­ten Galaxy Her­shey’s Nuggets Cad­bury Dairy Milk

Veg­etable Fat Lead Con­tent

Lab Re­sults (% by weight) 3.82 3.76 3.65 3.14 2.63 2.58 As per FSS Reg­u­la­tions, choco­lates shall not con­tain any veg­etable fat other than co­coa but­ter. Veg­etable fat was not found in any of the brands, in­di­cat­ing they were free from adul­ter­ation.

Pres­ence of lead in­di­cates metal con­tam­i­na­tion in food. As per FSS Reg­u­la­tions, lead should not be more than 2.5 mg/kg (food not spec­i­fied).

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