Certain cocoa and chocolate products must comply with the reserved descriptions set out in the Coco and Chocolate Products Regulations 2003. The rules lay down the composition of cocoa and chocolate products including setting minimum ingredient and specific labelling requirements. The amount of cocoa solids and milk solids that must be present are stipulated, as well as allowing only certain additional ingredients to be added.
A cocoa solids declaration such as X% minimum is required for most chocolate products covered by the rules and where appropriate a milk solids declaration is also required. This enables consumers to make informed decisions about the type of chocolate they want to buy.
Where the Cocoa and Chocolate Products (England) Regs 2003 require chocolate to be labelled with its cocoa content, it needs to be so labelled whether it is pre-packed or PPDS. It should be noted that the requirement to label % cocoa content only applies to specified chocolate products, not all chocolate. Further guidance can be found at Labelling of sweets | Business Companion