Hersheys Chocolate Syrup Versus Nestles

Both Hershey and Nestle’s chocolate syrups can be found in many different supermarkets around the world.  The chocolate syrups are usually used to add flavor to cold milk or as an ice cream topping.  Some people may even try to use them in recipes, such as brownie mixtures.  Hershey and Nestle’s chocolate syrups contain real chocolate and taste very sweet; they are packaged in squeezable, plastic bottles.  

All ingredients are listed in order of quantity, with the greatest quantity listed first.  The ingredients in Hershey’s chocolate syrup, which can be found on the back of the label, are: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, water, cocoa, sugar, and less than 2% of the following: potassium sorbate (preservative), salt, mono- and diglycerides, xantham gum, polysorbate 60, vanillin, and an artificial flavor. The Hershey’s chocolate syrup brand comes in five chocolate-syrup varieties.  These include: Hershey’s Chocolate syrup (the regular version), Hershey’s syrup with calcium, Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate syrup, Hershey’s Lite syrup (which contains less sugar and fewer carbohydrates than the regular chocolate syrup), and Hershey’s Sugar-Free Chocolate syrup.  All the Hershey’s chocolate syrups are fat-free, but have different caloric and other nutritional variations.  The label on the bottle states that the chocolate syrups contain a “genuine chocolate flavor.” Each one-tablespoon serving contains 100 calories, 0g of fat, 15mg of sodium, 24g of carbohydrates, and 0% of iron.  Each type comes in a 17.5-ounce bottle. 

The ingredients in Nestle’s chocolate syrup (called Nesquik) are: sugar, water, cocoa, color, salt, citric acid, potassium sorbate, vanillin, and ferric orthophosphate (provides added iron to the mixture).  The label states that it has “less sugar” with “no artificial sweeteners” as compared to other non-specified brands.  Nestle’s Nesquik chocolate syrup logo is a bunny that is on the label of each plastic bottle. The serving size is one tablespoon.  Each serving contains 70 calories, 0g of fat, 25mg of salt, 16g of carbohydrates and 10% of iron.  It comes in a 2-liter (700-milliliter) bottle.

According to the Huffington Post in the August 14, 2012 issue, (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/14/fda-warns-hersheys-label_n_1775636.html), Hershey’s was issued a warning letter dated February 14, 2012, by the United States Food and Drug Administration because the labels on Hershey’s ” Syrup+Calcium” and its “Syrup Sugar- Free with Vitamins & Minerals Fortification” violate federal law. The products cannot make these nutritional claims because the products’ nutritional contents do not contain the recommended guidelines.  Some customers might get misled into thinking that the products contain more nutrients and are healthier than they actually are, which is false advertisement.   Companies are not permitted to make false or misleading nutritional claims.