Much to the chagrin of expats and foodies, Hershey’s has blocked all British-made Cadbury’s chocolate from entering the United States. The New York Times explained how a settlement between Let’s Buy British Imports and Hershey’s Company means British treats like Maltesers, Toffee Crisps, Yorkie chocolate bars, and British Kit Kats will be banned from import into the U.S.“Things in the world are bad enough as it is,” one shop owner complained to the Times, “and now you’re going to take away our chocolate?”Jeff Beckman, a representative for Hershey’s told the Times that L.B.B. was illegally importing products that were not intended for U.S. sale. He explained to the Times, “It is important for Hershey to protect its trademark rights and to prevent consumers from being confused or misled when they see a product name or product package that is confusingly similar to a Hershey name or trade dress.” Allow us to translate: Hershey wants Americans to only be able to buy the American versions of chocolates, even though a crucial, objective difference between the bars: Chocolate in Britain is better. (Kind of like Mexican Coca-Cola.)According to the Times, “British chocolate has a higher fat content; the first ingredient listed on a British Cadbury’s Dairy Milk (plain milk chocolate) is milk. In an American-made Cadbury’s bar, the first ingredient is sugar.” But taste be damned when there’s money to be made!Now Twitter is aflutter with a whole bunch of angry Anglophiles and Cadbury super-fans, who have have started #BoycottHershey in protest.
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