Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FACT CHECK; the Chocolate War: Hershey's Blocking Cadbury in U.S. but Yummy Products from U.K. See Support from Petition Signers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FACT CHECK; the Chocolate War: Hershey's Blocking Cadbury in U.S. but Yummy Products from U.K. See Support from Petition Signers

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Byline: Carole Fader

Times-Union readers want to know:

It's all over Facebook that Hershey's Chocolates has banned Cadbury Chocolate products from being imported to the United States. Is that true?

Pretty much. Here's the deal:

Hershey owns the rights to make and sell Cadbury bars for the U.S. market, but the American chocolate giant uses a different recipe. The first ingredient in U.K. Cadbury chocolate is milk, while sugar is the first in American-made Cadbury chocolate, according to The New York Times. So the British chocolate has a higher fat content and also has no preservatives compared to the U.S. bars.

In August, Hershey sued a New Jersey company called Let's Buy British, which imports U.K. products, including the "real" Cadbury Dairy Milk bars, to the U.S., the Birmingham (England) Mail reported.

Under the settlement, Let's Buy British can no longer sell the British-made Cadbury chocolate, including favorite brands like the English Kit-Kats, Rolos and Maltesers. American-made Kit-Kats and Rolos will still be sold here, just not the British-made version.

Another favorite, Cadbury eggs, will still be around, but now they'll taste slightly different because of the different recipe.

On Jan. 16, British tea shop Tea & Sympathy in New York City published on Facebook that other popular imported British chocolate items including Yorkie bars and Toffee Crisps were also "banned" because their names or likenesses were too similar to the American York Peppermint Patties and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

Tea & Sympathy's post included:

"Due to legal action by the so called chocolate maker Hersheys, we can no longer import the real Cadbury chocolate from England. ... In addition to banning the good Cadbury, they have also banned Yorkie bars because they stated that people might confuse them with York Peppermint Patties! …

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