Chocolate flavoured coatings

Real chocolate is made from roasted and ground cocoa beans with the addition of sugar and extra cocoa butter. As cocoa butter is expensive there are a number of chocolate look-alike products made from cocoa powder, sugar and a vegetable fat not derived from the cocoa bean. Some of these are simple fats like hardened palm kernel oil and others are very sophisticated fats made and blended to closely resemble cocoa butter in their physical characteristics. Chocolate products made with these vegetable fats must be referred to as chocolate flavoured coatings. They are usually cheaper than real chocolate but their flavour is less attractive because their mouth-feel is more waxy. They do, however, have a value for some biscuit products because the handling of the melted material is easier and by using higher melting fats the coatings are less inclined to melt in warm conditions.