What White Chocolate Is Made From
Dark and milk chocolate has been sold since 1847 but white chocolate appeared almost a century later. A popular legend says that it was developed by Nestlé in 1936. It used the excess dry milk because there was a lot of it due to the overproduction of chocolate at the beginning of the 20th century. Soon, other manufacturers presented their varieties of white chocolate and by the end of the century, it became extremely popular among people.
5-Minute Crafts is going to tell you what white chocolate is, how it’s made, and if it’s actually chocolate.
What is white chocolate
White chocolate is a chocolate confection that is ivory in color, made from cocoa butter, sugar, dry milk, and additives, like vanilla. Unlike dark and milk chocolate, white chocolate doesn’t contain cocoa solids that give regular chocolate its taste and color.
Because white chocolate doesn’t contain brown cocoa powder, it has a pale creamy color and a rich buttery taste because of a lot of cocoa butter. The latter explains the high concentration of fat in white chocolate, unlike other kinds of chocolate.
How white chocolate is made
Usually, the production of white chocolate includes 4 stages:
- The dark cocoa solids are separated from the fat to get cocoa butter.
- After that, the cocoa butter is melted in a big container.
- Dry milk, sugar, cream, and other ingredients are added to get the homogenous texture of the product.
- Finally, different flavors and spices, like ginger, cinnamon, and vanilla are added. They make the chocolate taste richer, giving it vanilla, flowery, and honey tastes.
Is white chocolate actual chocolate?
The basis for manufacturing any kind of chocolate are the cocoa beans. With dark and milk chocolate, they are present as cocoa powder which makes the taste rich and the color brown, and in white chocolate — it’s cocoa butter that makes the taste buttery and the color creamy. So, white chocolate can be considered real chocolate.
However, for white chocolate (and other kinds of chocolate), there are standards. According to them, white chocolate is chocolate that contains at least 20% cocoa butter, 14% dry milk, and 3.5 % milkfat. Also, true white chocolate shouldn’t contain artificial colorants.