All you need to know about White Chocolate
White chocolate is made from cocoa butter, sugar and milk solids and unlike traditional dark chocolate, it does not contain cocoa solids so in strict sense, it's not really chocolate at all. The only cocoa ingredient in this white chocolate is the cocoa butter. Because of the missing cocoa content, it also doesn't have the same health benefits of dark chocolate and does not contain some vital ingredients like antioxidants and only has traces of caffeine and theobromine. The cocoa butter which is a main ingredient in white chocolate can be used in pure form, in which case it is high in vitamin E, or in deodorized form, in which case it has none. Some confectioners' practices are often confused with white chocolate, for example summer coating, which is made from vegetable and animal fats, and not cocoa butter, so it doesn't have the same colour and flavour as white chocolate. There are actually regulations in place which limit what can be marketed as white chocolate and what not. In the US, white chocolate must have at least 20% cocoa butter and maximum of 55% sugars or other sweeteners, among other ingredients. In the European Union, same regulations are used, but there is no limit for the sugar or sweeteners, so many manufacturers are able to produce a product with a high sugar content, but still label it as white chocolate.
What's your favourite way to consume white chocolate? Do you like the traditional white chocolate bars, pralines or make your own desserts at home, like the white chocolate cheesecake, white chocolate brownies or white chocolate mouse? White chocolate is undoubtedly one of the most popular flavours to use in baking, and the internet is full of white chocolate recipes. If you're a big fan of white chocolate, next time you're shopping for your treat, read the label and make sure you're getting a quality product. Look for high cocoa butter content, as opposed to high sugar or sweetener content to get the healthier of the alternatives.