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Alarm: Tax on Chocolate!!!

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It has been on the news, now just, that there is consideration afoot to impose a tax on chocolate!!!!!

The idea is to put 20p per bar (the figure I heard earlier, being bandied about) in order to stop people eating as much in order to fight obeisity. Shock, horror! All this will do for me is put less money in my wallet.

Do you think it will stop people eating chocolate? Will it stop You?

Posted at 12th Mar 2009 - 01:29PM   Posted by Celtic Heart   Alarm: Tax on Chocolate!!! Comments: 20

I already stopped .... 12th February 2009 was my last morsel! Cool Almost 3 years after I gave up smoking!

Posted by: Zoe on 12th Mar 2009 at 01:32PM

I should add, I don't drink either - so I am just a seriously boring old fart these days!Laughing

Posted by: Zoe on 12th Mar 2009 at 01:33PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Oh for puck's sake - is there ANYTHING we're going to be allowed to eat or drink?? And they're saying that celebrity chefs should do low-fat recipes too. Nanny state gone bonkers.
Will it stop me eating chocolate? Highly unlikely!

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 12th Mar 2009 at 01:34PM

Milla's Avatar of course it won't! ploody irritating all this, and as if the "obesity tax" will carefully be ploughed into countering obesity. I'm not obese, am smugly within my ideal BM1 as are my boys and E - indeed those 3 are poss beneath it - and we all love chocolate, esp the 3 skinnies, E, T12 and F10. It's all so patronising and presumptuous and ANNOYING!!! (a shout for Jacko and !!!! for EJ - newbies, you'll learn! Laughing) and that it's done under a guise of them knowing best (puck right off, let's look at finance under this govt Twisted Evil) is just the most maddening thing of all.

Posted by: Milla on 12th Mar 2009 at 01:41PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Hmmm, yes, well not exactly within my ideal BMI Embarassed but puggered if putting tax on chocolate is going to make me go, 'ooh, better slim down eh?' Love the idea of Nigella going lean cuisine though.....

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 12th Mar 2009 at 01:43PM

Patsy's Avatar Just back from the gym so feeling berludy smug Rolling Eyes but am actually eating more chocolate than ever since I heard about those antioxidants in the proper dark stuff!
Better jog down to the shops and start stockpiling !! Wink

Posted by: Patsy on 12th Mar 2009 at 01:55PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Of course I berludy won't stop eating chocolate how dare the nanny state tell me what I can and can't eat. Um but if it is sooooo bad for us - then why are the government allowing it to be made in the first place - same with tobacco . . . hey lets allow something to made that kills you and then charge through the roof if you want to indulge . . . hmmmmmmmmm think we are all being made utter fools of.

It is my body and up to me what I put in it.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 12th Mar 2009 at 01:56PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Just told Adrian about this and he said, 'yeah, but will they put a tax on junk food? Highly unlikely.' Good point eh? But then he's reading Fast Food Nation and is on a bit of a quest.

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 12th Mar 2009 at 02:27PM

Bayou's Avatar Is it already April 1st??
Adrian is right, all fast foods and Fish & Chips shops would have to be put under higher tax as well then. (What about beer? Mr. Green)
I wonder what would happen if in our chocolate country such a nonsense would be installed. Whilst all the Belgians are generally quiet and soft and nice people and there has never been a revolution, but I truly believe that either Wallons and Flamish would fight side by side in the streets against the taxmen.
If really such an overtaxe would be installed, I believe the Brits will really fall into a deep depression! But I'll send then boatloads through the tunnel over to you, promised!

Posted by: Bayou on 12th Mar 2009 at 02:51PM

Milla's Avatar I think that it's a proposal, some prof or doctor said that everyone gets at fast foods, but that choc consumption is invidious (or do I mean insidious EmbarassedShockedQuestion), that people snarf into it without "counting" it and it can easily ratchet up half your day's calories. Whereas a burger is a meal, or supposedly it is, and not had so much on the side, in passing, without thinking.

Posted by: Milla on 12th Mar 2009 at 03:01PM

Boudicca23's Avatar I don't think we need to panic, girls. This is just a single scottish GP saying something that the media knows will cause a furore, so they big it up on the news today and we've all obliged!

Posted by: Boudicca23 on 12th Mar 2009 at 03:07PM

Crystal Jigsaw's Avatar I don't know to be honest. Has it stopped smokers smoking and drinkers drinking. After all, chocolate is an addiction if you eat as much as me Laughing

Posted by: Crystal Jigsaw on 12th Mar 2009 at 03:16PM

Ivy's Avatar I quite agree CJ it's like taxing cigarettes and alcohol it won't stop anybody. Why not tax fat and sugar?Twisted Evil

Posted by: Ivy on 12th Mar 2009 at 03:45PM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar I'm clearing out my cupboards to make room for bars of chocolate while I can still afford it.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 12th Mar 2009 at 03:50PM

CalicoKate's Avatar As the recent recipient of a wonderful box of praline centred Belgian chocolates Very Happy which is stashed...... & no-one but me knows where it is Wink I don't really need to rush out immediately however I may need to stock pile if prices soar.
Am not like Milla smugly within her BMI Evil or Very Mad but I donít smoke and I drink so rarely so something has to kill me! Ė wonít be fast food there isnít anywhere to get it from. Local-ish chip shop does local fresh fish and marvellous hand cut chips. Has been open since November and have only eaten there on two occasions though it wasnít for want of trying on a third but it was closed.
Death by chocolate now thereís an idea!
I loath this government it just doesnít think.Twisted Evil

Posted by: CalicoKate on 12th Mar 2009 at 04:33PM

Linked Image Not fair!

Posted by: Seashell Cosmos on 12th Mar 2009 at 04:37PM

Woozle1967's Avatar What will they think of next?Evil or Very Mad Will just have to start a similar operation to bootlegging - can see homemade contraptions emitting steam from dodgy looking flue pipes out of our barn already.............

Posted by: Woozle1967 on 12th Mar 2009 at 04:58PM

Phew, thankfully, it seems it is the opinion of just one doctor. Mind, on a knee-jerk reaction I went off and bought myself a small bag of Belgian truffles and other chocolate delicacies at my local specialist chocolate shop this afternoon!

Even thought I'd missed a few weeks and it was April 1st!

Posted by: Celtic Heart on 12th Mar 2009 at 06:28PM

Frances's Avatar Hoping that this notion does not spread to the States.

Having given up chocolate for Lent, I am particularly focused on this story.

Also focusing on the perfect image of a dark chocolate bunny. The ears will go first! xo

Posted by: Frances on 12th Mar 2009 at 10:48PM

Blackbird's Avatar This made our local news last night and the commentator was quite worried, even with the thought of it happening so far away. Seattle is actually a hotbed of chocolate interest and development. After fine-tuning coffee, book selling and computers- some locals are turning their attention to fine chocolate.

For example,

Theo's Chocolate is located at the bottom of my hill. So far, I've resisted the guided tour but if someone comes to visit- we would have to go.

Posted by: Blackbird on 13th Mar 2009 at 03:51PM

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