What is the difference between dark, white and milk Chocolate?
We all know that there are three different types of chocolates. What we don't really understand are the differences between these, which cause each to be taken as an individual substance! For example, did you know that white chocolate isn't really considered to be chocolate? Many true chocolate aficionados might put white chocolate in a separate class.
The first and most characteristic that differentiates dark from white from milk chocolate is the distinct color of each!
While dark chocolate is a deep, rich brown due to the high amounts of cocoa in its composition, milk chocolate is a lighter shade of brown, showing the presence of milk.
White chocolate on the other hand, is completely white since it has no part of the cocoa liquor that's present in the other two. This is also the reason as to why white chocolate doesn't conform to the standards of chocolate
Another major difference between dark, white and milk chocolates is the history behind each. Chocolate was drunk as a spicy beverage about 2000 years ago, when no one had heard of mixing it with milk! When the cocoa press was first invented in 1828, solid eating chocolate was created. Thus dark chocolate was born. Later, in the year 1875, Daniel Peters created the first milk chocolate White chocolate came much later, after World War I, when it was introduced by the Swiss! Dark chocolate becomes more bitter as the amount of cocoa liquor in it increases.
In terms of taste, dark chocolate is the bitterest, followed by milk chocolate which is usually semi-sweet in response to the lower quantity of cocoa liquor used, as well as the added sweetness of milk and sugar. White chocolate is completely sweet, since it has no cocoa liquor. Cocoa contains theobromine, a healthy substance that is extremely bitter in nature. This explains why dark chocolate is more of an acquired taste than a first love!
The other difference between these three types of chocolate is in the ingredients each contains. Dark chocolate is very simple, containing cocoa liquor, cocoa butter and sugar, whereas milk chocolate has a smaller portion of cocoa liquor, cocoa butter, milk and sugar. White chocolate on the other hand, is more of a flavored candy containing cocoa butter, lecithin, sugar, milk solids and other flavorings.
As has been recently discovered, cocoa powder has many nutritional benefits, due to the flavonoids and polyphenols it contains, which are said to be antioxidants and relieve heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes type II, and prevent a score of other diseases. Cocoa also contains epitachin, a flavonoid which widens the heart and blood vessels, leading to reduced heart risks. Since dark chocolate has the highest amount of cocoa present, it follows that dark chocolate has greater nutritional benefits compared to milk and white chocolate Milk chocolate also contains cocoa, but the goodness of it is generally wiped out by the other saturated fats contained within! White chocolate having no cocoa content, has no nutritional benefits at all.
Another scenario where the differences between these three types of chocolate are stark is the consumption and popularity of each! Dark chocolate is normally a favorite with diabetic chocoholics, because of the low sugar content it contains. Milk chocolate on the other hand, is very popular with the masses. If you're creating a gift basket without knowing your recipients taste, you're in the right if you include a majority of milk chocolate goodies! White chocolates, on the other hand, tend to be a love at first taste choice. You either like them or you don't!
There are obviously major differences between the three types of chocolate However, each of them is a sumptuous decadent delight in its own way! When you're thinking of chocolate you're obviously not going through the differences between them. What you are thinking of is that moment when they melt in your mouth, and everything is all right with the world! So today go ahead and enjoy that delicious piece of chocolate after all you now know a little bit more about what you are eating!