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Author:  Alexander Seinfeld
E-mail:  seinfeld@daasbooks.com
Date:  12/30/2003 4:07:00 AM
Subject:  Brakha on chocolate
Message:  The Rav poskined that chocolate needs a "ha-aytz" bracha because it comes from a tree.

However, the chocolate that we eat is a mixture of sugar and chocolate, and sugar appears to be the ikar; at the very least, sugar makes the chocolate edible.

In either case, then, shouldn't we make a shehakol on chocolate? Please explain.

Furthermore, one could argue that the proper bracha on orange juice from Florida is "ha-aytz" and tofu is "ha-adama". Nonetheless, klal Yisroel are noheg to say "shehakol" on both; would this not be an additional reason for making shehakol on chocolate? Please elaborate.

Reply:  Look at the Teshuva (Responsa) in Rav Shlomo Zalman's Sefer. I assume that my father has one in his Sefer, too. "Klal Yisrael Noheg" is not a justification for everything. When you go to the store to buy a chocolate bar, do you look for a "sugar bar?" Would you buy a "sugar bar?" Chocolate is the main ingredient here.

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