What is white chocolate? And is it really chocolate at all?

Milk and dark chocolate contain both cacao beans and cocoa butter, while white chocolate only contains cocoa butter.

This can be an inflammatory question for chocolate aficionados. Although they taste very different, they are both still chocolate because the ingredients are derived from the cocoa bean.

However, you want to be careful that you are getting “real” white chocolate, which the FDA specifies as no less than 20% cocoa butter.

When all chocolate is being made, first, the cacao beans are grown on trees and harvested. They are then surprisingly, fermented

This process helps break down the coat of the beans and helps bring out their distinct flavor.

Next comes the drying phase, followed by roasting, and then the refining or "winnowing" stage, where the chocolate matter or nibs are separated from the cocoa butter.

Here is where types of chocolate diverge – milk and dark chocolate utilize the nibs while white chocolate only uses cocoa butter.

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