What is White Chocolate?

chocolate covered strawberries with white, dark and milk chocolate

chocolate covered strawberries with white, dark and milk chocolate

Welcome Back Chocolate Fans!

We love chocolate (obviously!). The way it tastes, the different combinations of treats and desserts we can create with it, and even chocolate’s history is special to us. We love any chance to talk about chocolate, especially when the information is so deliciously good! Today’s topic is one of the most interesting facts about chocolate to learn: What is white chocolate?

Technically, white chocolate is not an official chocolate! At least, not by FDA established rules for labeling chocolate. White chocolate, like its dark and milk chocolate counterparts, originates from the cocoa (cacao) plant, but is still not technically chocolate. White chocolate doesn’t contain any chocolate liquor, which gives dark and milk chocolate their intense chocolate flavor and dark coloring. FDA rules state that any “chocolate” must contain chocolate liquor.

trinidads white chocolate

Trinidads with White Chocolate

White chocolate stands out obviously because of its coloring, but there is a completely different taste to it than with dark or milk chocolate, and its ingredients explain a lot about why. White chocolate contains cocoa butter, milk solids, sugar, flavorings and more. By FDA standards, for a product to be considered white chocolate rather than confection, it must contain at least 20% cocoa butter, 14% milk, 3.5% milk fat, and not more than 55% sugar (or other lecithin and flavorings usually including vanilla).

Cocoa butter is the main ingredient when making all three chocolates: dark, milk and white. It gives chocolate the ability to remain solid at room temperature and melt in hotter temperatures. Cocoa butter has very little actual chocolate flavor, because it is the fat from cocoa beans that is extracted during the chocolate making process. It’s what separates these real chocolates from imitations like confection.

We’re very proud to say that we use all forms of real chocolate! It’s what makes our chocolates stand out and contributes to our premium recipes. Our ingredients and recipes have never altered a day since we first opened in 1920, and they never will. Even with our new chocolate creations, we take every care to pick out the best materials that will satisfy chocolate lovers everywhere.

Still interested in white chocolate? Watch one of our famed chocolatiers, Elliott Callahan, talk about the world of white chocolate!

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