Is white chocolate a white lie?

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Is white chocolate a white lie?

Who doesn’t like chocolate? For many of us, the word chocolate triggers rich, dark brown, flavourful concoction of cocoa. However, there are numerous types of chocolates available in the market, ranging from white to dark to bitter-sweet and so on. This time, let’s go on with the white one! 

How is white chocolate made?

When making real or dark chocolate, cocoa butter is squeezed out from the cocoa nibs. However, cocoa butter doesn’t have a strong taste of its own, so sugar, milk solids and vanilla are added to turn it into a white chocolate.

What is the difference between white and milk chocolate?

Milk chocolate contains milk and minimal amount of chocolate liquor and cocoa solids, which is absolutely zero in white chocolate. The reason white chocolate is not bitter in taste is due to the lack of cocoa solids.

Is it true that white chocolate is not classified as chocolate?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not classify white chocolate as chocolate as it does not contain cocoa solid, which is a prime constituent of chocolate liquor.

Is white chocolate healthy?

No, white chocolate is not as healthy as dark chocolate as it doesn’t have any potent chocolate antioxidants as compare to dark chocolate.

How do I know if I am buying good quality white chocolate?

Do not forget to read the ingredient list on your white chocolate and if it lists vegetable oil, avoid buying it. White chocolate made from cocoa butter will have a smooth texture unlike the one made with vegetable oil.

How do I store white chocolate?

The prime component of white chocolate is cocoa bean, which keeps it solid at room temperature. However, it is advisable to store chocolate away from strong odours, as it may absorb the strong smells from other items.

How should I melt white chocolate?

Using a double boiler to melt white chocolate is the best option as it can scorch easily in microwave. It is a frustrating job to melt white chocolate as it burns faster as compared to the dark chocolate. Also, avoid over heating of chocolate as it results in making the chocolate thick after melting.

Cooking with white chocolate

For all you chocolate lovers, my book ‘aah! Chocolate’ is sure to help you use this intelligent ingredient in the most amazing way. You will find recipes from beverages, cakes and cookies to moulded tidbits, mithais and more.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.