Types of chocolate and their uniqueness
How do you feel when you have a variety of things to choose from? Relaxed, and happy right? Yeah! A lot of things in life exist in varieties. Chocolate is no different. Chocolate exists in different types depending on its composition. We believe these chocolate types aren’t strange to us as many of us have at one point in our lives tried at least one chocolate type. Which is good. As variety is the spice of life. Without delay, let’s delve into the three main types of chocolate. But first, let’s examine chocolate and how it’s made.
Chocolate is a food product. It most commonly comes in dark, milk, and white varieties. The main ingredients used in producing chocolate are chocolate liquor, cocoa butter (in the case of white chocolate), and sugar.
How is chocolate made?
Chocolate is made from cocoa. The cocoa seeds are gotten and fermented. After fermentation, they are dried, cleaned, and roasted. The shell is removed and grounded to form a refined rough form of chocolate. It is then heated to liquefy it.
This liquid form is called chocolate liquor. When cool, the liquor can be processed into two components (cocoa solids and cocoa butter). Cocoa solids are blended with other ingredients to have dark chocolate and milk chocolate bars. While cocoa butter with other ingredients is processed into a white chocolate bar.
Now that the knowledge of chocolate and how it is made has been established, let us look at the types of chocolate.
Types of chocolate
Milk chocolate: Milk chocolate is far more famous than every other type of chocolate. It contains 10% - 40% cocoa along with milk and sugar. Because of this, milk chocolate is way sweeter than dark chocolate but less nutritious. It is light brown with a creamy consistency. Milk chocolate is a superb treat when your chocolate craving beckons. It is also a great chocolate gift for your loved one. Because just like love, chocolate is always a delight to give or receive.
White chocolate: The name says all you need to know about its appearance. The principal ingredient (Cocoa) that gives typical chocolate its brown color is absent in white chocolate. As a result, it doesn’t have a profound chocolate taste. Rather it tastes like vanilla. White chocolate is believed to have originated in Switzerland around the 1930s. White chocolate is more of cocoa butter, milk solids, and sugar. It is used mainly for frosting plus other decorative purposes on buns and cookies. By law, this chocolate type must contain a minimum of 20% cocoa butter, 15% milk solids, and not more than 55% sugar to be considered white chocolate.
Dark chocolate: In terms of nutrients, dark chocolate is the king. It is the second most famous chocolate. It has a deep brown appearance. And because it is made from two ingredients (chocolate liquor and sugar), it is less sweet than milk chocolate. It is a nutrient depot and a favorite of health-conscious chocolate lovers. It has a shelf life of about 20 months when stored properly. It doesn’t contain any milk solids. Thus, it is firm to touch and gives a sharp snap when broken in half. Dark Chocolate is used in cakes and truffles. If you've heard people talk about chocolate boosting brainpower, lowering blood pressure, and combating diabetes, just know they are specifically talking about dark chocolates.
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