A customer gave me a Toblerone bar yesterday (the large size). Things like that almost never happen to me because since I mostly translate patents and articles from technical and medical journals, my customers almost never come to my house. Typically, they don’t even live in the same state, sometime not even on the same continent. But this was a translation of a medical doctor’s diploma of a local resident, and maybe because it was the day before Thanksgiving, she felt like giving me some sweet Swiss chocolate before she left, and I appreciate it.
So this morning, when I was making myself my first cup of coffee, I decided to consult Nutrition Facts on the packaging because I urgently needed an answer to the burning question: Should I have only 1 section, or can I perhaps risk devouring 2 whole sections of the chocolate bar with my coffee?
The answer to my question would obviously depend on how many calories there are in 1 section of Toblerone chocolate bar.
But the thing is, just like about everything else, the so called Nutrition Facts on the things that we put in our mouth and chew on are designed to mislead and misinform us rather than inform us about the actual number of calories consumed in this manner.
Here is the information from the packaging:
Amount per serving: 1 third of the bar
Calories from fat: 90
Total fat: 10 g (15%)
Saturated fat: 6 g (30%)
Dietary fiber: 1 g (3%)
Protein: 2 g
Vitamin A: 2%
Vitamin C: 0% (then why the hell do they need to include this information on the packaging?)
etc., and so on, and so forth, there is a total of 16 items in the table describing the content of the sweet and nutritious (???) snack. By the time you are done reading all of that, you will have forgotten the question that you were asking, and you will have at least 2, probably 3 sections of the chocolate to go with your cup of coffee to brighten up your morning.
And that is of course the whole idea: the idea behind the information table is to ostensibly comply with the law (which says that the customer has the right to know what he or she is eating) while at the same time making it impossible to figure out how many calories are being consumed in order to induce the customer to eat as much of the snack as possible.
The large chocolate bar, which was how my customer tipped me for my work, has 10 sections. But what is 1 third of 10 sections? 3.5 sections, of course. So how many calories are there in 1 section? Well, based on the Nutrition Facts, 170 calories divided by 3.5 equals 48.57 calories.
But unless you are Rain Man, you will need a calculator to figure out how many calories are there in 1 section of Toblerone chocolate, as I did.
Because thousands of people want to know how many calories are in 1 section of Toblerone chocolate every day, I got 16 answers on the first two pages when I ran a Google search with this question this morning. The calories count ranged from 41 to 43. Since this post will probably be listed there too, there will probably be at least 17 answers to this question on the Internet soon, and this post could eventually make it to the top of page 1 depending on how many people will read it, although this simple question will almost certainly never be answered in the “Nutrition Facts” on the packaging of the chocolate bar.
If you have read my rambling post about nothing up until this point, you have definitely earned the right to know how many pieces of chocolate I ate this morning:
Since I now know the precise amount of calories, I decided to have 2 (two) whole pieces with my two cups of coffee this morning, one with each cup (and hit the gym later today, even though it will be crowded today, although not nearly as crowded as tomorrow, the day after Thanksgiving).