Is white chocolate even chocolate? Some say no, as this sweet, creamy confection doesn’t contain any of the cocoa solids from the whole cocoa bean. But that doesn’t stop us from loving it!
The main ingredient in white chocolate is cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is just the natural fat already present in the cocoa bean. Once you’ve obtained cocoa liquor from the first stages of cocoa bean processing, that liquor (or cocoa mass) can be pressed to extract the fat.
Cocoa butter isn’t all used for eating—it also has many uses in the cosmetic industry. But to make white chocolate, producers add sugar and powdered dry milk to food-grade cocoa butter. (Depending on the desired final consistency and mouthfeel, added emulsifiers such as soy lecithin might also be used.)
The resulting white chocolate will have the scent of chocolate, and a very light and sweet flavor that can be the ideal complement to some of our favorite ingredients!