White Chocolate bar and melted bowl of white chocolate

Is white chocolate really chocolate?

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All chocolate comes from trees. Correct! So, brown chocolate comes from a brown tree and white chocolate comes from a white tree, right? Wrong!

What’s white chocolate? Actually it isn’t even chocolate because it does not contain cocoa particles. It is just cocoa butter mixed with sugar, often with a little vanilla added for flavoring.

A cocoa bean is made up of roughly equal parts cocoa butter and cacao nibs. Cocoa butter is what gives chocolate its rich mouthfeel, and the nibs hold most of the distinctive smell and taste. Absent of nibs, white chocolate is basically just sweet fat!

Is white chocolate unhealthy?

White chocolate is made with cocoa butter, sugar and milk, making it high in saturated fat. While white chocolate contains a good amount of calcium, it isn’t a healthy food because it doesn’t supply significant doses of other essential nutrients to make up for the high calorie, sugar and fat content.

Which is healthier white or milk chocolate?

Milk chocolate has nutrients like calcium that is important for building strong bones. It also has more antioxidants than white chocolate, with less fat and less sugar in general, making it healthier for you. White chocolate is sweeter than milk chocolate.

If you love white chocolate, I hate to break it to you: You’re not eating chocolate!

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