Because of spam, I personally moderate all comments left on my blog. However, because of health issues, I will not be able to do so in the future.

If you have a personal question about LI or any related topic you can send me an email at I will try to respond.

Otherwise, this blog is now a legacy site, meaning that I am not updating it any longer. The basic information about LI is still sound. However, product information and weblinks may be out of date.

In addition, my old website, Planet Lactose, has been taken down because of the age of the information. Unfortunately, that means links to the site on this blog will no longer work.

For quick offline reference, you can purchase Planet Lactose: The Best of the Blog as an ebook on or Almost 100,000 words on LI, allergies, milk products, milk-free products, and the genetics of intolerance, along with large helpings of the weirdness that is the Net.

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Barry Callebaut claims to be the "world’s leading supplier of high-quality cocoa and chocolate product." That's quite a claim. Europeans know the company through its personal brands - Sarotti in Germany, Jacques in Belgium, and Alprose in Switzerland - but it has partnerships with chocolate companies all over the world. And it has chocolate museums in Belgium and Switzerland. Now that's dedication.

If you've wanted to learn more about chocolate, from its history, to manufacturing, to the many health claims being put forward today for chocolate, click over to the site's Chocophilia section.

There's also a large page of chocolate recipes. Most use at least butter if not other dairy products, so you will have to experiment with substitutes if you try them.

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