- Origin of the bean
- Method of processing
- Method of obtaining the extra cocoa butter
- Source and treatment of the milk for milk chocolate
- Presence of minor components such as essential oils, etc.
During the hundred or so years that chocolate has existed as a food, different recipe traditions have developed in various parts of the world.
For example, milk chocolate in the United Kingdom is mainly made by a process that starts with liquid milk, whereas milk chocolate in Continental Europe is invariably made using milk powder.
Chocolate in the United States uses beans from South America; these have a different flavor from the West African beans that are mainly used in Europe.
Nowadays, with the agreement on the completion of the internal market, we are moving towards a philosophy that recognizes that any wholesome food should be acceptable in the marketplace.
Provided that the product is adequately labeled, the consumer should be free to choose on the basis of cost and preference alone.