The Chocolate Cult

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Chocolate Awards

There are various chocolate awards that a chocolate maker can win. The International Chocolate Salon Awards for 2022 were held recently and I thought you might enjoy checking out all of the winners and competitors.

Best Chocolate Bar

Best White Chocolate -- Why a specific category for white versus dark, milk, or other levels of cacao?

Best Spicy Chocolate

Best Vegan Chocolate

Best Toffee --> I know that toffee is popular, but does anything think it is a bit odd to single out toffee but not other types of chocolate related yummies?


Saturday, June 25, 2022

Canadian Chocolates on The Chocolate Cult

To honor Canada Day and our chocolate loving readers there, here's a look back at all of the wonderful Canadian chocolate we've tested and revealed here on The Chocolate Cult.

Trio of Crunchetti from Brockmann's Chocolates

Jelina Chocolatier Box


 DeMet's Turtles


chocoStyle Box


Cocoa Nymph Bar


We would love to feature more Canadian chocolate here on The Chocolate Cult.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Chocolate Related Recalls for June 19, 2022

More recalls. It seems like very week there are more recalls involving chocolate. I know it isn't that often, but recently there have been a lot.

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Built Bar Recall

Built Brands, LLC. of American Fork, UT, is recalling 4,196 individual bars of its “Banana Cream Pie Puffs” protein bar because they have the potential to be contaminated with pathogenic Escherichia coli. Although the exact strain has yet to be determined customers must not eat this product as it may pose a serious health risk. Pathogenic Escherichia coli can cause diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting. Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and can be more severe.

The recalled product was distributed nationwide to 1,049 potential customers through mail orders, and would have been received by customers after June 6, 2022.

The product comes in a 40 gram package marked with lot # D22151011 on the outside of the wrapper.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing conducted by an accredited third-party laboratory at the request of Built Brands detected the presence of Escherichia coli.

Testing results for additional products made by Built Brands indicate other similar products are not affected and the contamination was an isolated incident, likely resulting from a failure to follow GMP practices.

Consumers who have purchased the product in question are urged to contact the company at questions@built.com for a full refund or replacement. Consumers with questions may also contact the company at questions@built.com or by phone at 1-801- 845-2991 between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday, MST.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Upcycling Still Needs to Be Quality

Upcycling is "hot" depending on your political view, though frankly, from a chocolate viewpoint, it should be considered just another way to help the planet and save its ability to grow cocoa trees so we can all continue to have chocolate for generations to come. While upcycling is usually considered a type of clothing, furniture, or homegoods reuse by reimaging and making previously used items into new ones that can be used again. It is also being applied to food and beverage now as a way to decrease food waste. Ideally, I would think it could reduce hunger and cost, but so far, I'm not seeing that as the case. Upcycled items tend to be as expensive if not more expensive than traditional products sadly. Upcycling Day will be on June 24th so to help you prepare, I'm sharing my experience with one upcycled product, the Pancake and Waffle Mix from Grain4Grain in the chocolate variety. I received this via the Amazon Vine program in exchange for reviewing it there; this post is an unexpected extra (though the company may not be thrilled by that if they ever find it). No other form of compensation was received for sharing my experience with you all today.

The first thing I want to note is that we've been making pancakes and waffles from mixes using egg whites only for decades now; it has never affected the quality of the final food. That was not the case here. As you can see below, the inside of the pancake looked undercooked and it tasted cool and undercooked. I thought it tasted terrible and couldn't even eat it.


The directions for how to prepare the pancakes were vague, but we've been making this type of food for decades, keto and high fiber varieties as well as traditional mixes. If you look back up at the photo, you should note how thin the pancake is. The batter itself was incredible thick, however as it heated up, it spread out and became this thin, it never fluffed up at all as we expect to some degree from even the highest fiber pancakes we've tried.

Given that cocoa powder is the 4th ingredient on the mix bag's label, I was expecting a strong chocolately flavor. Nope, not even slightly. Given how many artificial and alternative sweeteners were listed, too, I thought it would be overwhelming sweet, but it wasn't; that was a great surprise. However, this is The Chocolate Cult, we need that chocolate flavor or it cannot meet our standards. This product, doesn't meet our standards at all.



Sunday, June 12, 2022

Chocolate Recalls for

More chocolate related recalls to share with you all.

Remember to keep checking on the peanut recalls we shared in May 2022 because we simply updating that one as more and more products are pulled.

Wilton Sprinkles

NAPERVILLE, Ill., June 2, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wilton Industries, Inc. of Naperville, Illinois is initiating a voluntary national recall of select lots of Rainbow Chip Crunch Sprinkles And Rainbow Sprinkles Mix.

Although the product label does indicate that it may contain milk, this recall is being conducted because some samples of the product were found to contain milk.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The health and safety of our consumers is Wilton’s primary concern and Wilton is acting with the highest degree of caution and urgency to address this issue.

This recall is specific to the lot codes identified below. The lot codes can be found on the bottom of the container. Other lot codes on hand are safe and outside the limits of this recall.

RAINBOW CHIP CRUNCH SPRINKLES (710-5364) is distributed nationally through retail stores and ecommerce including www.wilton.com in the United States. This voluntary recall impacts lots 20294Z, 20314Z, 20345Z, 21013Z, 21022Z.

RAINBOW SPRINKLES MIX (710-0-0627) is distributed nationally through retail stores and ecommerce including www.wilton.com in the United States. This voluntary recall impacts lots 21005Z and 21111Z.

Consumers who have purchased these products should immediately dispose of them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. These products will be removed from shelves at several retailers and distributors nationwide.



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