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I normally eat Dove and Toblerone chocolate but I decided to purchase some Easter chocolate today from common brands like Hershey's, Palmer and M&M's because they were heavily discounted. I don't know if my tastes have changed or the quality of chocolate has decreased, but they tasted too sweet and didn't have a strong chocolaty taste. Has anyone else noticed this or a change in the taste of common chocolates in the United States?

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  1. If you still have the labels, check them against this list of products.
    With cocoa, sugar and fuel costs going up steadily, many manufacturers have taken to using vegetable oil instead of cocoa butter.
    Case in point is Hershey's Kisses. The original ingredients and the new ones can be read here: http://www.candyblog.net/blog/item/ki...

    I am just thankful that this has not happened to Toblerones, Rochers or Ritter.