Which has the most milk fat but no vegetable fat?
In the case of milk fat, a higher amount in chocolates is considered to be better for consumers; for vegetable fat, there is zero tolerance. Apart from these vital parameters, six popular brands of milk chocolates were tested for cocoa solids – an important factor in determining the intensity of a chocolate’s taste. Clearly, not all chocolates are made equal, as the following report will reiterate.
For consumers, it is more about what attributes they should prioritise when picking up one over another. Taste matters, of course, but it is largely a personal thing. There are important quality determinants and these are indicators of a superior product. Consider lead content – as per Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Regulations, lead should not be more than 2.5 mg/kg. The following report checks six brands of milk chocolates along these and other parameters to enable consumers to make an informed choice.
You can see list of our CV Surveillance Series- Milk Chocolates below, perform Side-by-Side comparison. If you need further help, do have a look at Conzumr Guides and Tips. Alternatively you can view all Milk Chocolates to choose your own favourites.
Chocolate means a homogeneous product obtained by an adequate process of manufacture from a mixture of one or more of the ingredients, namely cocoa beans, cocoa nib, cocoa mass, cocoa press cake and cocoa dust (cocoa fines/powder), including fat-reduced cocoa powder with or without addition of sugars, cocoa butter, milk solids including milk fat. As per the Indian Standard, chocolates shall not contain any vegetable fat other than cocoa butter. The material shall be free from rancidity or off odour, insect and fungus infestation, filth, adulterants and any harmful or injurious matter. There are different types of chocolates: milk chocolates, milk-covering chocolates, plain chocolates, white chocolates, filled chocolates, composite chocolates, and blended chocolate. Some of these are described here (description as per the Indian Standards):
- Milk chocolates: These are obtained from one or more of cocoa nib, cocoa mass, cocoa press cake, and cocoa powder including low-fat cocoa powder, mixed with sugar and milk solids including milk fat and cocoa butter.
- Plain chocolates: These are obtained from one or more of cocoa nib, cocoa mass, cocoa press cake, and cocoa powder including low-fat cocoa powder, mixed with sugar and cocoa butter.
- Blended chocolates: These are a blend of milk and plain chocolates in varying proportions.
- White chocolates: These are obtained from cocoa butter, milk solids including milk fat, and sugar.
- Filled chocolates: These have an external coating of chocolate with a centre clearly distinct through its composition from the external coating, but it does not include flour confectionery pastry and biscuit products. The amount of chocolate component of the coating shall not be less than 25 per cent of the total mass of the finished product.
- Composite chocolates: These contain at least 60 per cent of chocolate by weight and edible wholesome substances such as fruits and nuts. The edible wholesome substances shall not be less than 10 per cent of the total mass of the finished product.
Side by Side comparison
- Milk fat exceeded the prescribed legal limit in all brands.
- Highest milk fat was found in Hershey’s Nuggets (4.89 per cent) and lowest in Amul (2.75 per cent).
- 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).
- Name of the product
- Trade name, if any
- Name and address of manufacturer/importer
- Batch or code number
- Net volume in grams
- Ingredients in descending order
- Month and year of manufacture
- The words ‘Best before’ (month and year to be indicated)
- Nutritional information
- FSSAI license number
- Logo indicating ‘vegetarian’ or ‘non-vegetarian’ status
- Storage information
- Maximum retail price (MRP)
- Customer-care details
- All brands had labelling as required by FSS Regulations.