Chocolate is made from cocoa seeds and it is loved across the globe. Many people look for reasons to consume chocolate on holidays and therefore the calendar gives them excuses to buy a bar. July 7 is marked as Chocolate Day to celebrate the day that chocolate is believed to have been introduced for the first time in Europe in the year 1550. International Chocolate Day is marked on September 13. Great people like Napoleon loved chocolate and demanded that wine and chocolate be served to him and his senior advisers even during extreme military campaigns.
Now that you have glimpsed through a brief introduction on chocolate, here are facts about white chocolate which you might not know.
1. White chocolate is not real chocolate
Due to the fact that it lacks cocoa solids or chocolate liquor, white chocolate is not real chocolate. However, it contains some parts of the cocoa bean and most importantly the cacao butter.
2. All white chocolate are not the same
Depending on how they have been prepared, white chocolate differ in smoothness, color, creaminess, and sweetness. All these properties must align perfectly to achieve the best white chocolate.
3.White chocolate can be paired with coffee
To achieve the flavor Thesaurus, it is suggested that white chocolate should be paired with coffee and various cafes have embraced this trend. A good experience on this could be gotten from making a mocha or hot chocolate with white chocolate in place of regular.
4.White Chocolate must contain cocoa butter
For a food product to be labeled White Chocolate in the United States, it must contain a minimum of 20% cocoa butter by weight. Sugar or other sweeteners must also be less than 55%. The standard on cocoa butter applies across Canada and Europe as well.
5. It is not actually white
The term “White Chocolate” is more of a disguise as the product is not actually white. It is made from cocoa butter which is fat from cocoa beans and mixed with ingredients such as milk and thickening additives. It is actually pale yellow.
6. White chocolate is new compared to normal chocolate bars
The normal chocolate bars have been around for over 200 years but white chocolate is much newer. Some reports have indicated that white chocolate was first seen in Europe during World War I while Nestle introduced white chocolate for the first time in the US in the 1930s.
7.It has Less health benefits
It lacks the same antioxidant benefits that are associated with dark chocolate. This is because white chocolate is made from cocoa butter and not cocoa itself. The antioxidants are actually found in cocoa and not cocoa butter.
8. It’s great for desserts
White chocolate is really great in sweets and also blends well with berries, lemon, or milk, and dark chocolate. This makes it a great dessert.
Cocoa seeds from the cocoa tree are used to make chocolate. Because white chocolate is not made from cocoa itself, it is not strictly real chocolate. It lacks the same antioxidant benefits that are associated with dark chocolate and therefore has little health benefits. It must contain a minimum of 20% cocoa butter by weight.