Members of a far-right group are absolutely fuming that Toblerone has just been certified halal.
People took to Twitter to call for a boycott of the popular Swiss chocolate while the Alternative for Germany (AfD) group said it was an example of ‘Islamisation’.
Others were quick to point out that the recipe has never changed and therefore Toblerone has always been halal – but this was somewhat lost.
The argument against the triangle chocolate started after AfD spokesman Jörg Meuthen posted about it on Facebook.
Linking to an article announcing the certification, he sarcastically wrote: ‘Islamisation is not taking place – neither in Germany nor Europe.
‘It is therefore certainly pure coincidence that the depicted, famous chocolate variety is now certified as “HALAL”.’
Halal means ‘permissible’ in Arabic and is used to denote what is acceptable under traditional Islamic law.
It often refers to food and drink but can apply to clothing and cosmetics too.
In a statement, Toblerone maker Mondelēz, said: ‘The certification did not result in any change to our beloved traditional Toblerone original recipe.’
Despite that, people still fumed on Twitter that they would never touch the chocolate again.
Someone named ‘Christmas Ant’ said he had added Toblerone to the list of foods he no longer ate and called for a petition against the certification.
The AfD party won around 90 seats in Germany’s parliament in 2017, the first far-right group to enter since 1945.
In its manifesto, the group warns the ‘currently ongoing culture war between West and Islam’ can only be averted by ‘a bunch of restrictive and defensive measures’.
It does not say what they are.
In 2017, Cadbury was forced to spend hours responding to furious customers after fake reports its chocolate was halal.
At the time, the English Defence League posted a Facebook message urging consumers to boycott the company and accused the brand of ‘Muslim appeasement’.