As we were both unsure as to exactly what needed to be on the packaging for the product to be sold in retail, I decided to research more into it to make sure we weren't missing anything out.


To sell food and drink products, the label must be:
clear and easy to read
easy to understand
easily visible
not misleading

You must show certain basic information and list the ingredients. You might also have to show certain warnings.

Food labelling - what you must show

You must show the following information on the front of packaged food:

the name of the food
a ‘best before’ or ‘use by’ date (or instructions on where to find it)
any necessary warnings
quantity information

You must also show the following information - it can be on the front, side or back of the packaging:

a list of ingredients (if there are more than 2)
the name and address of the manufacturer, packer or seller
the lot number (or use-by date if you wish)
any special storage conditions
instructions for use or cooking, if necessary

Quantity information

You must put the net quantity in grams, kilograms, millilitres or litres on the label of:
packaged food over 5g or 5ml
packaged herbs and spices

Solid foods packed in a liquid must show the drained net weight.

You must be able to see the quantity information when you read the name of the food on the label and, for alcohol, the alcoholic strength.

You don’t have to show the weight or volume on foods sold by number, eg 2 bread rolls, provided that you can clearly see the number of items inside the packaging.

Read more guidance on quantity labelling.

Using the ℮ mark

If you put the ℮ mark on the label you can export your product to another European Economic Area (EEA) country without having to meet weights and measures requirements of that country.

If your product contains any of the following allergens you must say so clearly on the label, and list them in the ingredients:
cereals containing gluten - including wheat, rye, barley and oats
crustaceans - including prawns, crab and lobster
molluscs - including squid, mussels, cockles, whelks and snails
sesame seeds
soya beans
sulphur dioxide or sulphites at levels above 10mg per kilogram or per litre

Nutrition labelling

You must follow the European Union (EU) rules for nutrition labelling if you want to show nutrition information on pre-packed products.

You must have nutrition labelling if:
you make a nutrition or health claim
you’ve added vitamins or minerals to the food

Cocoa and chocolate products

Certain cocoa and chocolate products must comply with the reserved descriptions set out in the Cocoa and Chocolate Products Regulations 2003. The rules lay down the composition of chocolate and products including setting minimum ingredient requirements and specific labelling requirements. The amount of cocoa solids and milk solids that must be present are stipulated as well as allowing only certain additional ingredients to be added. A cocoa solids declaration such as X% minimum is required for most chocolate products covered by the rules and also where appropriate a milk solids declaration is required. This enables consumers to make informed decisions about the type of chocolate they want to purchase. If you use one of the reserved descriptions covered in the regulation then your product must be made according to the defined compositional criteria.

So concluding this, I need to show

Best before 

Company name & address 
Storage conditions 
Heating instructions
Chocolate specifications