TCL LIVE | November News Roundup and AMA

TCL LIVE | November News Roundup and AMA

Episode 143 of #TheChocolateLifeLIVE goes LIVE at 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT on Friday, November 3rd.

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Episode 143 Overview

Once a month here on TheChocolateLifeLIVE I dedicate an episode to covering news about cocoa, chocolate, and related topics that have come to my attention.

This is that episode for the month of November.

I will also be fielding questions – AMA about cocoa or chocolate – from participants in the livestream.

Programming Note

Daylight Savings ends this coming Sunday, November 5th. I am in the part of Arizona that does not observe Daylight Savings so I have been scheduling episodes for Pacific Daylight Time even though I live in Mountain Standard Time.

From Tuesday, November 7th, episodes will still begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time / 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time even though it means an 11:00 a.m. start time for me.

News Highlights in this Episode

HOME | Craft Chocolat Chall
The 2024 edition of the Craft Chocolat Challenge is now accepting entries!
Home page -
About Confectionery aWARDS Introducing the International Confectionery Awards: an awards show that upholds, recognises and celebrates the achievements of those working at the forefront of the confectionery industry. Proudly presented working collaboratively with the must-attend virtual confectionery…
I will be the head judge for this awards program.
Original photo Hadija / Unsplash.

STOP the Abominable Conflation! (Please!)

Nestlé launches 3 new plant-based fish items as category grows
The European launch of the vegan filets, fingers and nuggets is part of an effort by the company to increase sales of healthier foods.
It’s either fish or it’s not. Fish-adjacent? But it’s past time to stop referring to alt.animalprotein this way. Am I the only one?

Previously Mentioned

Chocolate: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
John Oliver discusses chocolate, cocoa farming, and, of course, some facts that will make Halloween a little weird.Connect with Last Week Tonight online... S…
This is actually a VERY good video up until the 20:10 mark, at which point it jumps the shark JO starts drinking the Kool-Aid that he spent much of the previous twenty minutes carefully explaining why we should not take Tony’s story at face value.
A Third of Chocolate Products Are High in Heavy Metals, CR’s Tests Find - Consumer Reports
Find out which chocolate products have less lead and cadmium, based on Consumer Reports’ tests of heavy metals in chocolate.
The reported results are just as bad as I thought they might be. They learned nothing from the pushback on the original results.

Coverage on TheChocolateLife

Cadmium in Chocolate
Exposure doesn’t equal toxicity! Humans have been exposed to cadmium since time began.
TheChocolateLife::LIVE – CADMIUM 2.0
Episode 61 streams live from 12:00 EDT Friday, Sept 30 w/ special guest and ChocolateLife contributor Keith Ayoob. Join us as we explore the topic of cadmium in chocolate in depth – with a close look at an influential source of (mis)information on this topic.
The Irresponsible Demonization of Cadmium in Chocolate
I believe my use of the featured image from CR/Getty in the CR article falls under fair use as I am using it in the context of criticism and analysis. I am not claiming the image as my own and I am not monetizing its use.
Lead + Cadmium + Chocolate Does NOT Have to Equal Fear
The words lead, cadmium, and chocolate in the same sentence are a perfect storm for clickbait. Add kids into the mix and the topic is pretty much guaranteed to lead the 11 o’clock news because the optics are scary.

Food Safety

California Food Safety Act Explained | News


Cocoa Prices Rally on Expectations of Stronger Global Cocoa Demand
Dec ICE NY cocoa (CCZ23 ) on Monday closed +92 (+2.63%), and Dec ICE London cocoa #7 (CAZ23 ) closed +70 (+2.26%). Cocoa prices on Monday rallied sharply, with NY cocoa posting a 3-week high and London cocoa posting an all-time nearest-futures high. Cocoa prices are climbing on speculation that…
Cocoa PRICE Today | Cocoa Spot Price Chart | Live Price of Cocoa per Ounce | Markets Insider
Cocoa Price: Get all information on the Price of Cocoa including News, Charts and Realtime Quotes.
Cocoa Prices and Cocoa Futures Prices -
Today’s Cocoa prices with latest Cocoa charts, news and Cocoa futures quotes.
Cocoa Dec ’23 Futures Interactive Chart -
Customizable interactive chart for Cocoa with latest real-time price quote, charts, latest news, technical analysis and opinions.
Cocoa Dec ’23 Futures Price History -
The historical data and Price History for Cocoa (CCZ23) with Intraday, Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Quarterly data available for download.


SFA’s Trendspotters Prognosticate 2024 Trends | News

AMA – Ask Me Anything (about cocoa or chocolate)

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