Hershey’s Chocolate Frosting – Food? Or Chemical Cocktail?

Most processed foods in the US contain GMO’s and UNLESS they specifically state that they are GM free, OR the company that makes them has committed to NOT using GM ingredients, OR the product is organic, it’s a fairly safe bet that they contain genetically modified ingredients.

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One day (a while back) I wandered past a couple of colleagues at work as they drooled over a website selling Hershey’s products (this was in Australia). In particular they were raving about Hershey’s Chocolate Frosting. Apparently a container of this chocolate delight on each of their desks was what they were dreaming about.

I stopped and asked them if they’d ever looked at the ingredients and they both just looked at me – obviously confused!

“I’m willing to bet that it’s full of GM ingredients, hydrogenated stuff and chemicals” I said.

Their response?

“But it’s so yum!….”.

So I decided to take a look at the ingredients in that Hershey’s chocolate frosting and this is what I found….

Genetically modified ingredients

Because Hersheys products are made in the USA, I was pretty certain that they would contain ingredients made from GMO’s.

Most processed foods in the US contain GMO’s  and UNLESS they specifically state that they are GM free, OR the company that makes them has committed to NOT using GM ingredients, OR the product is organic, it’s a fairly safe bet that an American processed food contains genetically modified ingredients. Sadly in the USA there is no requirement for food labels to reveal GM ingredients – in fact the labeling of GM ingredients in food has been actively opposed and fought by many large food manufacturers in the USA.

A snippet of good news however, is that Hersheys, due to a massive push from consumers, have agreed to switch to non-GMO ingredients in two of their products by the end of 2015. Well it’s a start I guess….

Which ingredients are likely to be created from GMO’s?

A couple of examples of ingredients that are in this product and that are almost certainly derived from GMO’s are:

  • Sugar in these products is likely made from Monsanto’s genetically modified sugar beets which have taken over in the USA, comprising close to 100% of the American sugar beet crop.
  • Corn – Any ingredients made from corn (eg high maltose corn syrup) are even more likely to be derived from genetically modified ingredients.

The dangers of Genetically Modified foods

When looking at the debate surrounding GM foods and their safety, it is wise to look outside of the mainstream media for truth on the subject (as opposed to propaganda). The reason for this is the bias that mainstream media appears to allow toward giant corporations, be they agricultural giants like Monsanto, the super powerful pharmaceutical companies, or their buddies, the just as powerful chemical companies.

And while it doesn’t hurt to look at both sides of the story, keep in mind that this is a technology that is being forced on the world. Time and time again it has been shown that the people don’t want GM foods, and this is why labeling laws are being fought using dirty tricks along with bribery and corruption. Monsanto and other biotech companies are fully aware that if GM ingredients were labeled, food companies would be forced to stop using them as more customers would reject their products.

The truth is that once we understand what GMO’s actually are, we all know instinctively that GM foods are dangerous.


Let’s take a look at the ingredients

Sugar – As discussed above, it’s a safe bet that the sugar is made from genetically modified sugar beet.

Water – From where? And containing what? Do you know that water supplies in the USA (and some other countries) are increasingly being found to be contaminated with pharmaceutical drugs? The water used in processed foods and beverages is something to be considered because these types of contaminants, which may include hormones, antidepressants and many other medications along with added fluoride and chlorine, may be hidden added extras, in unknown quantities, that don’t appear on the ingredient labels!

Palm Oil – It’s probably a fairly safe bet to assume that the palm oil used in these products IS NOT the environmentally sustainable, Orangutan friendly variety.

High Maltose Corn Syrup – What is high maltose corn syrup and is it any safer than high fructose corn syrup? It is apparently just another name for Maltodextrin, but, if it’s made from corn you can be quite sure it’s made from GM corn…

Hershey’s™Cocoa – What is the difference between Hershey’s cocoa and other cocoa? Anyone?…

Cocoa Processed with Alkali – This is apparently cocoa that has been ‘Dutch processed’ which changes the PH. It also reduces the health benefits of the antioxidants found in unprocessed cocoa.

Canola Oil – Almost guaranteed to be made from GM canola seeds and being a cheap, highly processed vegetable oil, it may be a risk to health.

Corn Starch – GM corn again probably…

Salt – Somehow I don’t think that this will be the healthy Celtic Sea salt
or Himalayan Salt with all their 89 or so minerals intact. It’s much more likely to be the highly processed and bleached variety that isn’t actually salt at all, but sodium chloride combined with anti-caking agents and free flow agents.

Distilled Monoglycerides – Doesn’t sound like food? It’s not food. These are apparently transfats by another name.  Take a look here and here.

Polysorbate 60 – Doesn’t sound like food? It’s not food. This is a sorbitol-based emulsifier and surfactant commonly used in skin care and also, apparently, food. It is also commonly contaminated with 1,4 dioxane which is highly carcinogenic (causes cancer). Sound yummy?

Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate – Used as an emulsifier, dough conditioner and to extend shelf life by keeping mould away. There doesn’t seem to be too much concern around this additive even though this study showed some very real risks to the health of rats fed this stuff in a study. But even though it seems that it might be relatively safe, is it food? No it’s not food. Do you want to eat it? I don’t….

Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate – Also known as Disodium Pyrophosphate. Doesn’t sound like food? Surprise! It’s not food…. But it is an irritant to skin, eyes, and mucous membranes!

Natural and Artificial Flavor – Basically these are chemical cocktails created in laboratories (particularly the artificial variety) that are added to foods. But because they are proprietary formulas, no-one really knows what’s in them. They may be the cause of symptoms or sensitivities associated with certain foods.

Potassium Sorbate – A preservative that is generally regarded as safe.

Hershey’s frosting is just junk in a tub

As you can see there are a number of ingredients in this frosting that give cause for concern, and to be honest, this, like most processed foods, is not food. It’s a food like substance. It’s been designed in a laboratory to taste good and it looks like frosting – but it’s not.

Why not make your own frosting? It’s not hard. Take a look here.

OR if you’re not into making your own, why not try this all-natural Non-GMO Dollop Gourmet Hot Chocolate Frosting? It looks like a good alternative that contains a good smattering of organic ingredients, NO genetically modified junk and NO chemicals.

Feed your body REAL food! 🙂


P.S. Want to know more about the food industry and how they got you hooked? Take a look at Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Micheal Moss.


  1. Hi Sue!

    THANK YOU for this! You basically just summed up WHY I created Dollop Gourmet Frosting. We can all fearlessly enjoy frosting when it’s made with better ingredients. Hope you don’t mind if we share your article, pretty much everywhere!! 🙂


    Heather Saffer

    1. Hi Heather!
      You are very welcome. This world is so full of artificial food products and so many people just don’t understand what they’re eating. It looks like you’ve done a great job with your product and managed to produce a much healthier alternative to the chemical cocktail Hersheys are selling – good on you!
      And of course, feel free to share my article anywhere that you’d like to.



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