So, I’ve seen the commercial for the Snapple “Half & Half” a number of times, but it wasn’t until today that I really paid attention to it and noticed that, uh… it’s really fucking racist.
Uh.. yeah. An Asian man in yellow representing lemonade vs. a black man in brown defending black tea? Hmmm. Something tells me that’s not coincidence.
Also, you know Vosges gourmet chocolate? In case you’re not aware, they manufacture and sell ridiculously overpriced chocolates, some of which do look and sound absolutely incredible, but I’m not ready to pay $75 for a cute chocolate mushroom with dark chocolate and reishi mushroom filling. Anyway, in honor of Black History Month, they’ve released a $125 box of chocolates inspired by the impact African Americans have had on music. This impact can be seen in the names of the individual chocolates:
Field Songs –roasted yams + maple syrup + African grains of paradise + 44% cacao deep milk chocolate
Rural Blues – Anson Mills grits + burnt brown sugar caramel + dried corn kernel + white chocolate
New Orleans Jazz – Café du Monde™ chicory coffee + 66% cacao dark chocolate
Blues – Hickory smoked bacon + bacon morsels + 44% cacao deep milk chocolate
Gospel – caramelized pecan praline + pecan pieces + 44% cacao deep milk chocolate
Bebop – Middle Eastern sumac (a tart, red berry) + fresh mint + sumac powder + 65% cacao dark chocolate
Rhythm & Blues – Jack Daniels® Tennessee Whiskey + sugar cane powder + 65% cacao dark chocolate
Rock ‘n’ Roll – Kentucky tobacco smoked deep milk chocolate 44% cacao + clove powder
Soul & Motown – sweet churned cultured butter ganache + Fleur de Sel sea salt + 44% cacao deep milk chocolate
Funk & Disco – buttermilk banana pudding + vanilla powder + 44% cacao deep milk chocolate
Rap – horseradish + lemon zest + praline + cocoa nibs + 65% cacao dark chocolate
Hip Hop – Krug® Champagne + edible gold leaf + white chocolate
I’m white, so I know I don’t really have the authority to make the call on this, but these flavor names and combinations are a little cringe-worthy, to me. 10% of the proceeds from this box go to Little Kids Rock, an organization dedicated to keeping music in schools, so at least there’s that. I just don’t really see why they needed to make sure to include grits, tobacco, sugar cane, and gold leaf in their candies.