Someone in the Department of National Defence is a real stickler when it comes to sweets.
A Wikipedia page for the Cadbury Caramilk bar was anonymously edited by a computer with a DND Internet Protocol address, according to the Twitter handle Government of Canada Edits. The edit corrected the erroneous information that the confection is a chocolate bar.
On the Cadbury Caramilk page, the word “chocolate bar” was changed to “candy bar,” and “chocolate exterior” was clarified to reflect that it is merely “chocolate flavoured.”
The account @gccaedits automatically tweets whenever somebody edits a Wikipedia page from a list of known Canadian government IP addresses.
“The Caramilk bar does not meet the legal definition of a chocolate bar in Canada due to the use of vegetable oils in production,” wrote the anonymous DND editor in a note about the revision.
“This probably extends to the U.S. as well, where it would have to be labelled as chocolatey or ‘made with chocolate.’ Edited the description to reflect ‘candy bar,’ instead of chocolate bar, rather than describe the difference.”
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which oversees-food labelling rules, is very particular about what can and can’t be called “chocolate.”
Division 4 of the Food and Drug Regulations specifies that chocolate shall only be made with cocoa butter.
Once vegetable oil is added the foodstuff becomes “chocolate-flavoured,” not pure “chocolate.”
“Compound coatings, which are products having the appearance, but not the composition of, chocolate, are often used as an outside layer or coating for biscuits, candy and frozen confections or as chips within baked goods,” says a guidance document published on the CFIA website.
“There should be no indication in the advertisements for these products that the coatings are ‘chocolate.’ However, ‘chocolate flavoured,’ ‘chocolatelike’ and ‘chocolaty’ have been accepted as appropriate descriptions of such coatings and chips.”
Caramilk, an indulgent treat filled with ooey-gooey caramel and covered in a chocolate-flavoured shell, is made in Toronto at the Cadbury factory on Gladstone Ave. The treat is similar to confections marketed under the name “Caramello” in the U.S. and “Dairy Milk Caramel” in the U.K.
The bar lists unsweetened chocolate as one of its ingredients, but, because it’s mixed with other ingredients, the package clearly says “candy,” not “chocolate.”