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Chocolate fans have meltdown over US ban


Cadburys Dairy Milk Chocolate Bars (Fair Trade)

Cadburys Dairy Milk Chocolate Bars (Fair Trade)

Cadburys Dairy Milk Chocolate Bars (Fair Trade)

Irish people living in the US will be deprived of one of the tastes of home because of a ban on importing bars of Cadbury's Dairy Milk and other chocolate products.

US chocolate firm Hershey have achieved a legal settlement to stop LBB, a leading importer of foods into America from Britain, from importing Cadbury chocolate products.

The New York Times reported that Hershey claimed successfully that packaging of the Cadbury chocolate products too closely resembles some of Hershey's chocolate products.


More than 1,000 people expressed disapproval of the outcome of the settlement on IrishCentral's Facebook page.

Irish-themed shops in the US have been selling large amounts of Cadbury products to expatriates nostalgic for the tastes of popular products back home.

Cadbury's Dairy Milk, the leading chocolate bar in Ireland, is made by Cadbury's in Coolock in Dublin along with other eight-square chocolate bars and Twirls and Flakes. The chocolate bars are exported from Dublin to the UK and many other countries.

Some 80 million litres of Irish milk each year goes into the chocolate crumb made in Rathmore, Co Kerry, that is the basis of Cadbury's Dairy Milk and other bars.

Chocolate made in Ireland and Britain has a higher fat content than US chocolate. The first listed ingredient of Cadbury's Dairy Milk is milk but, in the US counterpart, the first ingredient is sugar.

One business, Tea and Sympathy, a tea shop in New York which sells Cadbury bars, has urged disgruntled Irish and British customers to send messages of protest to the Hershey company in Pennsylvania.

"We do not comment on litigation between other companies," said a spokeswoman for Cadbury's parent company Mondelez International.

LLB has also agreed to halt imports of KitKats, Toffee Crisps, Yorkie bars and Maltesers into the US.