Toblerone Changes Shape, Outrage Ensues

Citing higher costs for “numerous ingredients”, Toblerone has decided to change the shape of its iconic triangle-array chocolate bars as opposed to raising prices.

“…we had to make a decision between changing the shape of the bar, and raising the price. We chose to change the shape to keep the product affordable for our customers, and it enables us to keep offering a great value product.”

However, while the choice of keeping the price is commendable, widening the “valley” on its recognized mighty peaks shape appears more tedious than simply shortening the bar. The change in shape shaves about 10 per cent of chocolate content in each bar. So this means the 170g Toblerone bar sold on British shops will be shrinked to 150g.

The “necessary” change was partly blamed to Britain’s vote to leave the European Union that caused spike in ingredients, although the brand tried to dismiss this theory. But it comes as British food retailers have faced rising prices for imported goods due to the drop in the value of the pound since the June vote.


It remains to be seen if such change will proceed given the public’s social media reaction, or it will make a U-turn just like what Gap did when its decision to change its brand typeface was met with mostly negative reaction.


Home Cooking Could Reduce Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015 research says if you eat more meals prepared at home than your favorite restaurant. The finding said people who ate about two home-made lunches or dinners each day – or about 11 to 14 meals a week – had a 13 per cent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to people who ate less than six home-made lunches or dinners a week.

Researchers analysed data from nearly 58,000 women in the Nurses’ Health Study and more than 41,000 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. None of the participants had diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer at the beginning of the study. “The trend for eating meals in restaurants or as take-aways in the US has increased significantly over the last 50 years,” says Geng Zong, a research fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.

“At the same time, type 2 diabetes rates have also increased.” In the study, researchers demonstrated that eating home-made meals was associated with less weight gain over eight years in these middle-aged and older health professionals.


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