What is the difference between white chocolate and milk chocolate?

In this brief guide we are going to answer the question,”What is the difference between white chocolate and milk chocolate?”, and discuss what white chocolate is. 

We will also discuss the nutritional composition of white chocolate, how is white chocolate made, and what milk chocolate is, along with the composition of milk chocolate and how milk chocolate is made.

What is the difference between white chocolate and milk chocolate?

The difference between white chocolate and milk chocolate is that white chocolate contains less milk and dairy fat than milk chocolate. White chocolate doesn’t contain cocoa solids but milk chocolates do. The melting point of white chocolate is lower than milk chocolate because it contains high amounts of cocoa butter. 

What is white chocolate?

White chocolate cannot be considered as chocolate because it is made with the butter or fat portion of cocoa beans, and does not contain any cocoa solids, that gives chocolate the brown colour and flavour. White chocolate does not use cocoa solids, it is only made by cocoa solid extracts.

It is considered to be a pale milky solid with undertones of the flavour of chocolate. It has a fatty texture and is high in calories because it contains up to 55% of sugars.

Chocolate shouldn’t be consumed in large amounts because they pose significant health risks such as obesity and diabetes.

What is the nutritional composition of white chocolate?

100 g of white chocolate contains approximately 49% of total fats and 539 calories. It is low in vitamins and minerals and contains small amounts of cobalamin, vitamin B6, magnesium, iron and potassium. White chocolate is also high in oils because it is derived from cocoa butter. 

How is white chocolate made?

White chocolate is made by blending sugar, cocoa butter, milk products, vanilla and lecithin which is basically a fatty substance used for emulsifying fats in foods. 

Cocoa beans are removed from the cocoa fruit pods, fermented, dried and roasted  cracked to open and the shells are discarded. These shells can be used in the food , cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry as a functional ingredient.

What remains after this is called a nib. The nibs are grounded into a paste which is also called the chocolate liquor. The chocolate liquor is separated into cocoa solids which provide the chocolate taste and flavour and cocoa butter which are basically cocoa fats. From these cocoa fats, chocolate is made.

What is milk chocolate?

Milk chocolate is made from dark chocolate which has lower levels of cocoa solids along with high sugar content. In milk chocolate, milk powder or condensed milk is normally used. 

Milk chocolate is light and sweet in colour and softer in texture. It is the addition of milk powder and the lowering of cocoa in milk chocolate that gives it a creamier and sweeter taste. 

How is milk chocolate made?

Milk chocolate is made by the use of cocoa butter, dry milk powder, cacao powder, salt and sweeteners. The cocoa butter is first melted in a double broiler by adding a little water to a medium sized saucepan and topping it with a heat proof bowl without the bottom of the bowl touching with water.

Water is brought to a simmer and cocoa butter is added to the bowl, whisked and stirred gently to reduce the risk of scorching. Once the cocoa butter is completely melted, cocoa powder and milk powder is sifted and stirred to be mixed thoroughly. 

Sweetener of choice is added and this step is optional. The mixture is allowed to cool and then is grinded in a grinder to ground the larger particles which might remain. The mixture is then poured into mould and freezed in a freezer for 6-8 hours.

What is the composition of milk chocolate?

Milk chocolate contains 535 calories with 46% of total fats, and only small and negligible amounts of iron, vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium and cobalamin. 

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Conclusion 

In this brief guide we answered,”What is the difference between white chocolate and milk chocolate?”, and discussed what white chocolate is. 

We also discussed the nutritional composition of white chocolate, how is white chocolate made, and what milk chocolate is, along with the composition of milk chocolate and how milk chocolate is made.

References

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https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/glossary/white-chocolate-glossary/amp

http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/tools-test-kitchen/article/white-chocolate

https://wocorlando.com/uncategorized/what-is-the-difference-between-white-chocolate-and-milk-chocolate-and-dark-chocolate/
https://www.crystalchocolatier.com/what-are-differences-between-dark-chocolate-white-chocolate-and-milk-chocolate

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.