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AMBAO is a certification mark for chocolate created by the Belgian Ministry of Economic Affairs.[1][2]

The mark certifies that the product has been made without any other vegetable fats other than cocoa fats,[1] or any artificial additives.[3] The AMBAO scheme was designed to resist the effects of the European Cocoa and Chocolate Directive, which allowed the use of up to 5% non-cocoa vegetable fats in chocolate.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Chocolate Country". New York Times. 2006. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b "BELGIUM: Government encourages chocolate producers to support international quality label". 21 December 2000. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Ambao". IP Australia. Archived from the original on 19 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014.