White Chocolate: The Non-Chocolate?
Though it is known as chocolate by name, white chocolate is actually a by product of traditional chocolate. This sweet candy does not contain cocoa solids and has it’s own distinct flavor. During the process of creating white chocolate the dark solids of the cacao bean are separated from the fatty content. Because the solids are not added back into the mixture at a later time, the process differs from conventional chocolate making. It does contain cocoa butter, a derivative of the cacao plant, meaning there are small amounts of chocolate in it.
Not only does white chocolate have a different production process, it also does not possess the antioxidant properties of chocolate. It is also lacking in the other defining ingredients of chocolate such as thiamine, riboflavin, theobromine and phenylethylamine. It also only has trace amounts of caffeine.
Due to the drastic difference in the two confections there are separate regulations that define what may be sold as “white chocolate”. Since 2004 the United States has held white chocolate to the standards that it must be (by weight) 20% cocoa butter, 14% total milk solids, and 3.5% milk fat. It can contain no more that 55% sugar or other sweeteners.
White chocolate can be used as a coatings, for candy bars, and as baking ships. The color can range from pure white to a yellow-white hue. There are many people who prefer the sweet taste and smooth, creamy texture of white chocolate over regular, more bitter chocolate products. It has increased in popularity prompting the production of more white chocolate confections.
Sinful Sweets Chocolate not only offers you the finest milk and dark chocolates, but we create many white chocolate items as well. In addition to the items carried in our store we can hand dip custom candies of your choice.