All you need to know about Milk Chocolate
Milk chocolate is undoubtedly one of the most popular chocolate varieties. Developed by Swiss confectioner Daniel Peter from milk and chocolate solids, it is widely available around the world and loved by everyone. As with other chocolate varieties, there are guidelines of what can be labeled and marketed as milk chocolate, so for example in the US, it has to have at least 10% concentration of cocoa liquor, while in EU it is required that it contains at least 25% of cocoa solids. Special exceptions were granted for countries like Malta, Ireland and even the UK, where the cocoa solids can be only 20% of the content. Elsewhere in the EU, the same chocolate would then be labeled as Family Milk Chocolate.
The chocolate production process for milk chocolate is same as for other chocolate varieties, only thing that actually varies is the fact that milk chocolate has added milk powder or condensed milk. It makes it a lot sweeter than dark chocolate, but not as sweet as white chocolate, which doesn't actually contain any cocoa solids, only cocoa butter. If you're a big fan of milk chocolate, you might be disappointed to find out that it is only the dark chocolate that has some health benefits. If you're shopping around for a good chocolate brand, pay attention to the label and cocoa solids content. Many chocolate brands are also offering organic and bio milk chocolate, sourced responsibly at local farms.
You have probably also heard that milk chocolate makes us happy, but did you know why? It's thanks to three key ingredients – Tryptophan, which is an amino acid that is used by brain to make serotonin. Serotin is key for producing feelings of happiness. Phenylethylalanine is associated with the initial euphoria of falling in love and brings in feelings of attraction and excitement. Same chemical also acts as anti-depressant by combining with dopamine which is present in your brain. Theobromine is a stimulant, present in chocolate together with traces of caffeine, and produces the "high" people get after eating chocolate. Don't get too excited yet, to be able to enjoy all these benefits you would have to consume chocolate regularly, in small doses and opt for dark chocolate as opposed to milk chocolate, as it has higher cocoa content. So what are you waiting for? Send a chocolate gift with SerenataFlowers.com today anywhere in the UK with free next day delivery.