White Chocolate: The Swiss Made it, the Americans Ate it

When cocoa butter is used without the cocoa solids, one can produce a type of chocolate known as white chocolate that also has milk solids as well as sugar, lecithin and some flavoring that most often is vanilla. The use of cocoa butter is necessary to keep the chocolate solid at room temperature, and also helps it to melt easily when eaten. White chocolates are much like other chocolates in texture but the taste is essentially different and it also is different in that it does not contain caffeine.

The Swiss Made it After the First World War

The first know instance of white chocolate being produced was way back after the First World War had ended and the Swiss discovered it. In the United States, Herbert’s Candies were the first to discover it though they had seen it being made in Europe a year earlier. The popularity of this chocolate greatly increased after it was sold in 1984 in America, when the Nestle Alpine White chocolate bar containing white chocolate, as well as chopped almonds, greatly enamored the American public.

White chocolate contains no cocoa solids or cocoa mass, and so is not considered a true chocolate in many different countries. In the U.S. it should contain a minimum twenty percent of the total weight of the chocolate product to be cocoa butter, and fourteen percent should be total milk solids. The sweeteners should contain less than fifty-five percent of sugar. There are also some white chocolates that are made with vegetable fat and are not derivatives of cocoa. The difference is that the former is white in color while the latter is ivory colored.

There are certain distinctions that separate white chocolate from regular chocolates since true chocolate will have pulverized roasted cocoa beans while white chocolate does not have any cocoa solids and is technically white confectionary coated. There is essentially not much difference in making white chocolate, milk chocolates, as well as dark chocolates. The main point of difference lies in the ingredients used. There are also some difficulties faced in making this kind of chocolate, including when one melts it, the cocoa butter may split and create oily compounds that are not able to be recovered, and hence must be discarded.

White chocolate may be utilized in decorating milk or dark chocolate confectionary items and in other ways as desired by the maker. The advantage of this kind of chocolate is that the cocoa butter used is a very stable fat that contains many antioxidants that can stop rancidity as well as increase storage life. In addition to being delicious, this kind of chocolate indeed has many benefits.