Despite the well-known benefits of quality dark chocolate, many adults have a nostalgic sweet spot for white chocolate, prompting the question “Is white chocolate really chocolate?”. The true chocolate connoisseur would answer no. But why?
Why isn’t white chocolate really chocolate?
Luxury chocolate is made with a combination of cocoa butter, cocoa solids, and cocoa liquor, along with cane sugar and natural vanilla pod. Dark chocolate contains the highest proportion of cocoa solids – the key ingredient that offers such a wealth of health benefits. This is followed by milk chocolate, which can contain up to 50% cocoa solids too, depending on the quality of the ingredients and skill of the chocolatier. Milk chocolate also contains milk, not present in dark chocolate.
Like milk chocolate, high quality white chocolate contains milk and cocoa butter, but no cocoa solids or liquor. It’s for this reason that chocolate purists deny white chocolate can really be classed as chocolate.
Bear in mind too that when we talk about ‘luxury chocolate’ we mean chocolate that’s handmade by artisans in a traditional fashion, using the best quality ingredients. All the key ingredients in gourmet chocolate may be either reduced in proportion or eliminated altogether. So if you’ve ever wondered why the supermarket or discount store chocolates are cheap to buy, it’s most likely because their chocolate contains a proportion of vegetable fat, artificial vanilla and refined sugar in place of cocoa butter, vanilla pod and cane sugar.
The only way to ensure your white chocolate is made to the highest possible standards is to buy the best quality chocolate you can afford. And, as white chocolate is a favourite for some of our customers, Chouchoute has crafted some truly special white chocolate pieces to satisfy those who crave it!
Love white chocolate? Try our gorgeous champagne truffles or not visit our boutique store in Birmingham City Centre to make your own selection.