When it comes to baking decadent desserts and sweet treats, white chocolate is a very versatile baking ingredient that has many uses! You can use it for making ganache, or melt it and add it to cakes and cheesecakes, or drizzle it over brownies and other desserts. You can also add white chocolate chips or chunks to cookies, bars, and blondies.
What is White Chocolate?
White chocolate is a confection derived from cocoa butter, a byproduct of cocoa beans.
What is Cocoa Butter?
Cocoa butter is edible vegetable fat that is extracted from cocoa beans.
What is White Chocolate made of?
Cocoa butter, sugar, powdered milk, and soy lecithin (a fatty substance used as an emulsifier). Vanilla is also sometimes added for flavor.
Is White Chocolate really Chocolate?
Since white chocolate doesn’t contain any actual chocolate solids, it is not considered chocolate. Here’s the reason why:
Chocolate nibs are small pieces of cracked, roasted and fermented cocoa beans. They are ground into a paste that is called chocolate liquor which can be separated into two cocoa solids. One is cocoa powder, which provides chocolate flavor, and the other is cocoa butter, which is the fat.
Although white chocolate is made from cocoa butter, it does not contain any cocoa powder whatsoever which is the component that defines the taste and color of genuine chocolate.
What is good quality White Chocolate?
High quality white chocolate is off-white or pale yellow in color. It is very delicate, scorches easily, and melts easily too. When melting white chocolate it’s best to do so using low heat.
Beware of products labeled “white baking chips” or “white baking morsels” because these usually contain very little cocoa butter or none at all to the point that they can’t even be labeled as “chocolate”.
What does White Chocolate taste like?
It tastes like a sweet and creamy, milk-based candy.
Storing White Chocolate
Store it at room temperature in a cool, dry place. Wrap opened packages tightly before storing.
How long does White Chocolate last at room temperature?
If stored correctly, unopened packages will last for up to a year and opened packages should last for 6 – 8 months.