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3 Things to Know About Labelling Chocolate

February 09, 2017

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, and what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by celebrating the delicacy of chocolate? According to Business 2 Community, approximately 58 million pounds of chocolate are purchased the week of Valentine’s Day; however, it is important that chocolate manufacturers take the time to create enticing chocolate custom labels, especially if they wish to create a romantic design that sells during the week of Valentine’s Day.

Throughout this article, we’ll discuss the basics to labelling chocolate, including chocolate label regulations, health claims, and appropriate chocolate label designs and products.

  1. Chocolate Label Regulations

Like other food products, chocolate products must meet the rules and regulations required by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). According to the FDA, there are specific labelling requirements depending on the type of cacao product being sold. Various cacao products include the following:

  • Cacao nibs

  • Breakfast cocoa

  • Chocolate liquor

  • Cocoa or low-fat cocoa

  • Cocoa with dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate

  • White chocolate

  • Sweet chocolate

  • Milk chocolate

  • Buttermilk chocolate

  • Mixed dairy product chocolates

  • Skim milk chocolate

  • Sweet chocolate and vegetable fat coating

  • Sweet cocoa and vegetable fat coating

  • Milk chocolate and vegetable fat coating

Regardless of the chocolate type, all food-related custom labels must include an accurate serving size, nutritional information, vitamin and mineral information, and a full list of ingredients and allergens.

  1. Chocolate Label Health Claims

Research tells us that there are many important health benefits of consuming chocolate; however, manufacturers must steer clear of making health claims on food labels—including chocolate labels—unless the health claim meets FDA guidelines. For example, chocolate label health claims include the following statements:

  • Products that do not contain trans fat

  • Bittersweet or semisweet chocolate

  • 100 percent chocolate or unsweetened chocolate

  • Craft chocolate or artisanal chocolate

Companies who do not comply with FDA regulations may be subject to a penalty.

  1. Chocolate Label Products & Designs

The International Cocoa Organization says that the top ten chocolate manufacturers in the world range from Mars Inc. to Nestle, to Ferrero, to Hershey, to Lindt. But with so many brands of chocolate on the market, the competition is fierce. However, high-quality custom labels, intricate designs, and attractive features can all give chocolate products the attention they deserve.

When you’re looking for attractive chocolate labels that can be used during Valentine’s Day and beyond, Sheet-Labels.com has a variety of sophisticated labelling options for you to choose from. If you need to print a large quantity of chocolate custom labels, our printed labels are the best choice for you.

However, if you plan to print labels at home for candy boxes or homemade chocolate treats, our blank sheet labels may be the perfect option for you. To print sheet labels at home, all you need to do is order the proper sized labels from Sheet-Labels.com, choose a template, add your artwork to the template, and then print the labels from the comforts of your own home!

If you have any questions about printing labels at home, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll be glad to walk you through the process.

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