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1. Posted by HereICome (Full Member 67 posts) 10y

OK, this is a serious problem. Im a choco-holic, theres no way to deny it. Im going to be in Peru, Bolivia and Brazil for 6 weeks and need to know if chocolate will be easy to buy at regular intervals, like at Lake Titicaca and the PAntanal!
I was in Africa for 5 weeks and there was no decent chocolate and I found it very difficult! PAthetic but true.
SO, can I buy it in most towns? Is it good quality? Do I need to take my own stash?
Sandy

2. Posted by tingo (Full Member 94 posts) 10y

hey,

you can buy chocolate almost everywhere in SA, but the quality sucks. In some supermarkets you can find Milka, but no Belgian chocolate anywhere...

3. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 10y

Stock up before you go into the pantanal! there's no shops there!!
Other than that, the chocolates good, and different!

m

4. Posted by HereICome (Full Member 67 posts) 10y

Oh my goodness! This is not a good situation! I will definitely be taking my own stocks then! Thank you so much!!!

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

While we're on the subject, is there any truth to the rumour that chocolate beans are stored in warehouses where rats run rampant- necessitating a process to seperate the chocolate from the rat poo? My friend swears this is true, and has given up chocolate completely. I, on the otherhand, have never had a problem with rats...

6. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 10y

Quoting tway

While we're on the subject, is there any truth to the rumour that chocolate beans are stored in warehouses where rats run rampant- necessitating a process to seperate the chocolate from the rat poo? My friend swears this is true, and has given up chocolate completely. I, on the otherhand, have never had a problem with rats...

Does that mean Cupcake is hooked on rat poo flavoured chocolate

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

You aren't going to Argentina, but if you do change your plans, be sure to check out Bariloche. The chocolate capital of Argentina, and perhaps even South America!

Greg

8. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

Quoting -reece-

Quoting tway

While we're on the subject, is there any truth to the rumour that chocolate beans are stored in warehouses where rats run rampant- necessitating a process to seperate the chocolate from the rat poo? My friend swears this is true, and has given up chocolate completely. I, on the otherhand, have never had a problem with rats...

Does that mean Cupcake is hooked on rat poo flavoured chocolate

he U. S. Department of Health publishes a booklet entitled "The Food Defect Action Levels" and lists specifications of "current levels for natural or unavoidable defects in food" for chocolate in the form of "insect, rodent, and other natural contaminants" allowed by the FDA. Tolerance levels for chocolate and chocolate liquor used in the manufacture of such products as Hershey's chocolate, are up to 120 insect fragments per cup (8 oz) or 2 rodent hairs per cup. That means the Hershey's chocolate bar you eat may contain one rodent hair and 16 insect parts, and yet carry the FDA's blessing.

For chocolate powder or pressed cakes used for baking, there must be no more than 75 insect parts in 3 tablespoons of powder. Up to 4% of the cacao beans may be infested by insects. Rat droppings or other animal excreta must not exceed 10 milligrams per pound!

Yes I am a germ freak...does it change my view of chocolate? Nope..because I also know what is allowed in meat, vegetables, fruit...all canned foods etc...besides I am addicted to chocolate and would rather give up my arm than my habit! :)

9. Posted by sooz1 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Quoting GregW

You aren't going to Argentina, but if you do change your plans, be sure to check out Bariloche. The chocolate capital of Argentina, and perhaps even South America!

Greg

I'll be in Bariloche in April so you've just made my day! :)

10. Posted by argie22 (Budding Member 40 posts) 10y

he U. S. Department of Health publishes a booklet entitled "The Food Defect Action Levels" and lists specifications of "current levels for natural or unavoidable defects in food" for chocolate in the form of "insect, rodent, and other natural contaminants" allowed by the FDA. Tolerance levels for chocolate and chocolate liquor used in the manufacture of such products as Hershey's chocolate, are up to 120 insect fragments per cup (8 oz) or 2 rodent hairs per cup. That means the Hershey's chocolate bar you eat may contain one rodent hair and 16 insect parts, and yet carry the FDA's blessing.

For chocolate powder or pressed cakes used for baking, there must be no more than 75 insect parts in 3 tablespoons of powder. Up to 4% of the cacao beans may be infested by insects. Rat droppings or other animal excreta must not exceed 10 milligrams per pound!

Thanks for sharing that! I won't ever eat chocolate again...right...
I agree with Bariloche's chocolate. Try "chocolate en rama" and you'll die of happiness :)