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Green and Blacks

Well I’ve focused a lot on Cadburys, and the sub-brand now owned by Green and Blacks in this blog. I have had a response about thier use of palm oil. Well, the enquiry and response were courtesy of my good friend and blog follower Sally, thank you so much, you know who you are!

It’s an admission that they do use palm oil in some of their brands (they use RSPO lines but I have said my piece about that), and that most of their lines are palm oil free. So I will say full marks to Green and Blacks in being this explicit, and it allows us to eat the majority of their mainstream chocolate lines guilt-free

The response:

    Most of the fat used in our chocolate is cocoa butter derived from the cocoa bean. However, we do have a small number of products which have components which contain palm oil.

  • Butterscotch chocolate range: palm oil is found within the butterscotch pieces so this affects the Butterscotch bar and Butterscotch Easter egg range
  • Hazelnut Spread
  • After Dinner Mint Chocolate Leaves
  • The Prestige Assortment and The Assortment
  • Palm oil may be found within the filled milk chocolate eggs
  • Nut & Seed bar 50g
  • Fruit & Nut Bar 50g
  • I can confirm for you that where we do use palm oil, this oil comes from a supplier who is a member of the recently established Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

So – forget butterscotch, easter eggs, after dinner mints and cereal bars, and most of the regular chocolate is OK. If. like me last night, you find you have one of these chocloates bar in your fridge …

Green and Blacks Dark Chocolate

Green and Blacks Dark Chocolate

… you can eat it safe in the knowledge it’s palm oil free. I did.

5 Responses to “Green and Blacks”

  1. Just returned from Edinburgh and one morning BBC Scotland had a feature on “Greencity” http://www.greencity.co.uk – a “Green” supplier of food products, really keen on its totally green credentials.

    Visiting the facility, the camera panned round the shelves and this caught my eye… huge packs labelled “Organic palm shortening”. Would be delighted if you could check it out. Will watch blog or twitter for news!

    • Thanks Arjay – sounds interesting, if that’s the right word … I don’t know off-hand what “Organic palm shortening” is, or means, but I’ll check it out and get back to you.

      • And as you suspected, Organic Palm Shortening is basically processed palm oil. One palm oil company online quotes “Palm shortening is palm oil that has some of its unsaturated fats removed” – it goes on then to list all the benefits but this is hardly the site to go into those here …

        Shame on you, greencity.co.uk

  2. The Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil is literally Green washing Us. Don’t be fooled because the majority of these so called sustainable palm products are nothing of the sort. I’m more inclined to believe that when it’s approved by Animal Aid International & multiple animal & environmental charities (as with Whole Earth for example) as well as simply being listed as “certified” sustainable or “comes from a sustainable source” that it really is from a sustainable & ethical source but very few ethical palm oil plantations really exist. Be very wary if a product is only approved by the Round Table because the Round Table is a bunch of CEO’s. I would rather stick to coconut oil & sunflower oil because then I know no one has died for My Chocolate or shortening. I would rather for example stick with Meridian nut butters than buy a brand, only claiming to contain sustainable palm oil. Palm Oil isn’t used simply as a binding agent, it’s used to bulk up a product & give the illusion of You getting more product for Your money.

  3. A life long chocoholic I am only eating the Green and Black mentioned from now on.

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