On Christmas Eve, the husband brought me home a box of Pot Of Gold chocolate. Imagine my horror when I opened the box to put out on a candy dish for guests and found this:
We never had these problems when Pot of Gold was made in Canada!
Pot of Gold was a Canadian tradition. It all started when Scottish immigrant James Moir started making candy in his bakery in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia way back in 1815. Moir’s introduced the Pot of Gold brand in 1928 and at least one box has been under every Canadian Christmas tree since.
Eventually (in their quest for world-wide chocolate domination) U.S.-based Hershey bought the company and in 2007 shut down the Dartmouth plant and moved the entire operation to Mexico (to save costs).
580 jobs were lost.
So after seeing the state of his Christmas chocolates, your humble blogger wrote an email to Hershey’s (which they make rather difficult on the website) and they finally wrote back telling me the mold is not actually mold but “coco butter bloom”:
“Chocolate contains cocoa butter which makes the product sensitive to heat, humidity, and changes in temperature. Exposure to these conditions may cause a harmless discoloration on the surface of the bar known as cocoa butter bloom. At excessive temperatures chocolate can melt, causing the bar to look misshapen and tan in color with a loss of flavor.”
Then they sent me $6.00 in coupons for my $7.99 chocolates.
Jeffrey, The Gay Groom