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Valentine’s Treats: Companies with Multiple Chocolate Recalls Since 2018

Written by Cooper & Friedman PLLC on February 1, 2023
Which companies have the most chocolate recalls for Valentine's Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many people flock to the shelves of grocery stores, specialty chocolate shops, and bakeries alike to pick out a sweet treat to gift to your loved ones on this day set aside for love. And there’s so many choices: do you choose a sampler? Chocolate-covered strawberries? Their favorite cookies? Regardless of your choice, chances are, when you’re looking for a sweet treat for your love, you aren’t thinking about chocolate recalls.

Flavor combinations are endless, but with each new chocolate product made comes the risk of new recalls, especially when production is increased to supply the increased demand around the holidays and special days like February 14th. While there are safeguards set in place and lessons learned, there are some companies that have more chocolate recalls on their record than others.

According to the CDC, these are the companies that have had multiple chocolate recalls since 2018, their respective recalled products, and, when applicable, the individual brands in italics.

Companies With 4 or More Recalls:

  1. Whole Foods Market (5)
    1. Tarts
    2. Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
    3. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
    4. Bundt Cake and Chocolate Dipped Cookies
    5. 365 Everyday Value: Dark Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cremes & Dark Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt Sandwich Cremes

Companies With 3 Recalls

  1. Nestlé
    1. Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
    2. STUFFED Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough with Fudge Filling
    3. Ready-to-bake Refrigerated Cookie Dough Products
  2. H-E-B
    1. Creamy Creations: Ice Creams and Sherbets
    2. Creamy Creations: Light Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
    3. EconoMax, Hill Country Fare, Creamy Creations: Ice Cream and Sherbet
  3. First Source
    1. Chocolate and Nut Tray
    2. Bristol Farms: Tasty Treats Nonpareils Milk Chocolate
    3. Wegmans, Alpine Valley, Circle K and Various Others: Dark Chocolate Products
  4. Chukar Cherries
    1. Amaretto Rainier Chocolate Cherries
    2. Ultra Dark Chocolate Cherries
    3. Ultra Dark Chocolate Products
  5. Cargill
    1. Wilbur: Dark Chocolate Triple Covered Malted Milk Balls
    2. Wilbur: Dark Chocolate Covered Cashews
    3. Wilbur: Multiple Chocolate Products

Companies With 2 Recalls

  1. Working Cow
    1. Ice Cream
    2. No Sugar Added Ice Cream
  2. Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, Inc.
    1. Natural Grocers: Dark Chocolate Peanut Clusters
    2. Natural Grocers: Dark Chocolate Almond Clusters
  3. Torn & Glasser
    1. Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans
    2. Sprouts Farmer’s Market: Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries
  4. Rucker’s
    1. Rucker’s Makin’ Batch Candies at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium: Dark Chocolate Coffee Beans
    2. Rucker’s Wholesale and Service Co with Uncle Buck’s and Family Choice: Dark Chocolate Covered Peanuts
  5. Poppies International, Inc.
    1. Taste of Inspirations: Cream Puffs
    2. Delizza: Cream Puffs
  6. Nassau Candy Distributors
    1. Nancy Adams: Dark Chocolate Graham Crackers
    2. H.E.B: Pomegranate-Infused Cranberries Covered in Dark Chocolate
  7. Hy-Vee Inc.
    1. Candy Trays
    2. Cheesecake
  8. Moonstruck Chocolate Company
    1. Sea Salt Caramels Tumbled In Milk Chocolate
    2. Praline Pecan & Ginger Element Bar in Dark Chocolate
  9. Meijer
    1. Ultimate Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies
    2. Dark Chocolate Products
  10. Lyons Magnus LLC
    1. Lyons, Pirq, Glucerna, Various Others: Nutritional and beverage products
    2. Lyons, Barista, Ready Care, Various Others: Nutritional and beverage products
  11. Lidl US
    1. Favorina: Advent Calendar (Premium Chocolate with a Creamy Filling)
    2. Bellona: Milk Chocolate Flavored Coated Wafer with Hazelnut Crème Filling and White Chocolate Flavor
  12. Legendary Baking
    1. Private Selection: Pie
    2. Private Selection: Salted Caramel Chocolate Almond Pie
  13. Jimmy’s Cookies LLC
    1. Marketside: Chocolate Candy Cookie Cake
    2. The Bakery: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
  14. Hiland Dairy
    1. Half-Gallon Premium Whole Milk Chocolate
    2. 1% Low Fat Chocolate Milk
  15. Homestead Creamery
    1. Lemonade Half-Gallon
    2. Chocolate Ice Cream
  16. Hostess Brands, LLC
    1. Holiday White Peppermint Hostess Twinkies
    2. SnoBalls
  17. Fudgeamentals
    1. Walmart and Fudgeamentals: Fudge
    2. Chocolate Fudge Bites
  18. Flowers Foods, Inc.
    1. Tastykake: Cupcakes and Krimpets
    2. Tastykake: Cupcakes
  19. Fieldbrook Foods Corporation
    1. Sundae Shoppe: Raspberry Cream Bars
    2. Lucerne, Kroger, Sundae Shoppe, and Various Others: Orange Cream Bars and Chocolate Coated Vanilla Ice Cream Bars
  20. Enjoy Life Natural Brands, LLC
    1. Enjoy Life & Trader Joe’s: Soft Baked Cookies
    2. Baked Snacks
  21. DSD Merchandisers, Inc.
    1. Dark Chocolate Almond Products
    2. Dark Chocolate Malt Balls
  22. Divvies, LLC
    1. Vanilla Cupcakes
    2. Benjamint Chocolate Bars
  23. Dianne’s Fine Desserts
    1. Sienna Bakery: Chocolate Turtle Brownie
    2. Sienna Bakery: Chocolate Decadent Brownies
  24. Chip’n Dipped
    1. Dark Chocolate Bars
    2. Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars
  25. California New Foods
    1. Carolyn’s Cookie Company, Country Baking Co.: Frozen and Refrigerated Cookie Dough Products
    2. Carolyn’s Cookie Company, Country Baking Co.: Frozen and Refrigerated Cookie Dough Products
  26. Albanese Confectionery Group, Inc.
    1. Albanese: Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans
    2. Rich’s: Peanut Butter Cups

Do You Need to Be Worried About Recalled Products When Shopping for Your Valentine’s Date?

The answer? No, probably not! Although, it’s always a good idea to keep your eye on the news or check the CDC’s List of Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts – especially for a list more exhaustive than just that of chocolate recalls or, on the flip side, for a more specific range of products. Most products are closely monitored and tested before they’re distributed on such a large scale, because recalls can be very costly to companies. They can even go as far as to ruin an entire brand, so most companies have every safety measure that they can in place. Still, as we can see, things can slip through!

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