Almost every c0-op supermarket I pass by has a ‘London Chocolate’ booth where you normally get sweets that aren’t available in Kuwait. Some of those sweets however have pork gelatin as it turns out. A friend emailed the manufacturer of Ice Breakers, who happen to be the popular Hershey’s on whether if one of his favourite sweets contains pork gelatin.
This was their response:
If you grab one of the Ice Breakers yourself that are in the London Chocolate sector you’ll notice in English on the ingredients it says “GELATIN” but doesn’t mention where it was deprived from. In Arabic however, on the sticker that mentions the ingredients it says “جيلاتين نباتي” – Vegetarian Gelatin.
Here’s what it says in English:
Here’s what it says in Arabic:
So then he asked Hershey’s what are the list of products that you manufacture which contain pork gelatin. They responded by saying they cannot provide a list but can guarantee all their gelatin is derived from pork. Meaning they don’t manufacture anything with vegetable gelatin to begin with.
Things do get worse, when asked if this includes products in the Middle East (GCC Region) just to be 100% sure, they respond by saying all their Ice Breaker Gums and Jolly Rancher Gummies sold in that region use pork gelatin. So this also means it includes the candy that was sold in Kuwait co-ops way before ‘London Chocolate’ section was introduced.
I’m not posting this to attack a brand or company, rather state the facts laid in front of me. I’ve never tried Ice Breaker products, but I’m much more cautious now about buying sweets. If the government can’t properly label ingredients correctly and one has to consult the manufacturer then there’s probably a lot more pork deprived gelatin products in the country.