Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Beware - Don't Buy Your Honey Old Candy

A box of fresh chocolates - YUM

Caveat Emptor
But - File this under ......eeeewwwww!
"It's something that should be glorious. It should have a luster to it. It should crack slightly when you bite it," said Brian Buckley of Manhattan's Institute of Culinary Education.

CBS 2 HD did its own investigation, purchasing six bags of Valentine's Day treats at stores around New York City. Of those six bags, five were inedible.

From the finest of truffles to candy bought in bulk, most of these products were expired and showed signs of improper storage, like melting and reshaping. Some of the chocolates had white dots or streaks, called a "bloom," which means the chocolate is stale.

"I would not eat that and I would not advise anybody to. It's just disgusting," Buckley said after seeing the results.

And though you won't get food poisoning, the rotten chocolate just may upset your stomach and certainly a romantic evening.

"It's not saying 'I love you,' it's saying, 'Oops!'" Buckley said.

Buckley was shocked that store shelves could be stacked with so much bad chocolate just days before the sweetest of holidays.
Really old, stale and even worm infested Valentine's day candy is being found in some stores. So make sure you check to see how fresh the chocolates are that you buy for that special person this week on Valentine's Day.

That box of Russell Stover's might just be older than old Russ himself! It is a known fact that giving a box of rotten candy will not inspire romance (unless you are Morticia Addams).




2 comments:

Love 2B Homeschoolers said...

I know someone who told me that his mother "settled" with Russell Stover. If I remember correctly he said she got $10,000 for finding a rat bone in her candy. He said she was willing to settle because apparently a certain amount of "debris" in candy is "permissible", so she would have had a tough case otherwise. So basically, they paid her not to advertise it.

Talk about eeewww!

christinemm said...

One solution is if you really want quality chocolates how about buying from a small local chocolatier? That would support small, local businesses as well.