I've found that I occasionally use passive voice to achieve a certain voice, but there's always a little voice in my brain telling me not to use it. What is it with this taboo around passive verbs? Are they really that bad? Here's an extract from my article about hot chocolate. You tell me if it sounds better passive or active, because I genuinely want to know. "It's through a combination of dark chocolate, milk and cornstarch that a roll-your-eyes-back flavour and texture is achieved." "A roll-your-eyes-back flavour and texture is achieved through a combination of dark chocolate, milk and cornstarch."