Chocolate News

Girl Scout cookies return and new this year is gluten-free Caramel Chocolate Chip

USA TODAY Say hello to Caramel Chocolate Chip. The new chewy treat, first announced in August, is made with semi-sweet chocolate chips, caramel and a hint of sea salt, according to the Girl Scouts. The last cookie to be introduced was the S’more for the 2017 sales season, though it actually debuted in 2016 on National S’mores Day, Aug. 10.

Russia banning chocolate from Ukraine

Washington Examiner

Russia has added to its list of imports from Ukraine that are banned, claiming it is a retaliatory move against restrictions on certain Russian goods. The ban list, updated by the Russian government Saturday, covers wheat, chocolate, vegetables, fruits, beer, tractors, paper, furniture, children’s and feminine care products, among dozens of other goods and products.

Hershey’s Kisses are arriving with broken tips, and chocolate lovers are not happy

DAILY NEWS PHILLY

Hershey’s Kisses, particularly the holiday-themed ones, have been turning up with broken tips. Hershey’s Kisses are famous for their pointy tips – a tradition that began in 1907, when the little chocolate candies were still wrapped in foil by hand. But this holiday season, consumers across the country have reported opening bags of Kisses with flattened tops, prompting bakers and others to point fingers at Hershey’s for their less-than-perfect holiday desserts.

What really happens if my dog eats chocolate?

Charleston Gazette-Mail

Chocolate can be very toxic to our furry friends in short order. Knowing what kind of chocolate, how much they ate and the weight of your pet are all critical facts in gauging how bad the toxicity is and how to go forward with treatment. Chocolate is made from dried cocoa beans from the cocoa plant. Those beans contain a group of substances called methylxanthines. Two substances in methylxanthines are the stimulants caffeine and theobromine. These are dangerous compounds for pets. We don’t worry so much about the caffeine levels because they are low as we do about the theobromine levels.

The winner for best trade of 2018 is… chocolate

CNBC

Cocoa futures returned a whopping 28 percent in 2018. Prices are boosted by the short supply as the dry weather in top producers such as Ivory Coast hurt cocoa production. The higher cost of cocoa has put pressure on candy companies this year.