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British outrage as Hershey's stops US Cadbury chocolate imports

Outrage as Hershey's stops US Cadbury's imports Credit: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

British expats have been left stockpiling chocolate after US confectioner Hershey's reached an agreement that will stop the sale of British made Cadbury's in America.

Hershey's owns the license to produce chocolate under the name Cadbury's Dairy Milk in the US, and said the sale of British made chocolate infringed on this.

Minimum cocoa solids in UK chocolate
Minimum cocoa solids in US chocolate

Many Brits living in America prefer the British made version because differing food rules mean the US version has a different recipe. In Britain to be classed as chocolate there must be a minimum of 20% cocoa solids, in the US the lower limit is 10%.

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Hershey reached a settlement last week with Let's Buy British Imports to prevent the import of products similar to brands such as Cadbury's Dairy Milk and Kit Kat, which Hershey's sells in the United States.

Toffee Crisp and Yorkie bars have also fallen foul of the agreement as Hershey's claim they could be confused some of its other products.

Hershey's vs Cadbury's. Credit: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

The move has drawn criticism from British expatriates, among others. One tea room in New York, Tea & Sympathy, have started a petition against the ban, which has already received more than 28,000 signatures.

Due to legal action by the so called chocolate maker Hersheys, we can no longer import the real Cadbury chocolate from England. They want us to sell their dreadful Cadbury approximation but we can't in good conscience sell you such awful chocolate when we have made our reputation on selling you the yummy real English stuff.

In addition to banning the good Cadbury they have also banned Yorkie bars because they stated that people might confuse them with York Peppermint Patties! As if! To add insult to injury they have also banned Toffee Crisp because they contended that the packaging was too similar to Reese's Peanut Butter Cups! May we politely suggest that if you think Toffee Crisps look like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups your eyesight is a much bigger problem than your chocolate bar confusion.

– Tea & Sympathy