What is the difference between dark, milk and white chocolate?

While browsing our online chocolate shop, you may have noticed categories for dark, milk, and white chocolates.

You now may be thinking, well what is the difference between the three? 

Let's break it down. 

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Difference between dark, milk and white chocolate?

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is the purest of the three categories. Dark chocolate is made by using cocoa solids, cocoa butter, and sugar. It typically contains no milk but it may.

USDA defines dark chocolate up to 12 % milk. If you have a dietary restriction or practice one, for example, veganism, make sure you are reading labels closely to see what ingredients are being used.

The current trend in craft chocolate is inclusion bars, and you want to be careful with ingredients when eating an inclusion bar. 

The purity of dark chocolate makes for a slightly sweet, mildly bitter flavour taste, depending on the percentage of cocoa solids used. 

Dark Chocolate

Milk Chocolate

Milk chocolate is essentially dark chocolate except it contains more milk and dairy fat when compared to a dark chocolate bar.

The milk and dairy fat provide for the creamy texture, also it's sweetness, giving it a less bitter more sweet taste than compared to a dark chocolate bar.

The dairy in the chocolate gives the milk chocolate a lighter brown colour.

Milk Chocolate

Dark Milk Chocolate

Before we start discussing white chocolate, we need to talk about the new trend of dark milk chocolate. 

The "dark milk" chocolate, contains a higher percentage of cacao than traditional milk bars. I have seen dark milk labels range from 45% to 65%. This is a higher percentage of cacao when compared to traditional milk chocolate bars, which contain around 30% cacao. 

Dark milk chocolate tastes sweeter and creamier than pure dark chocolate, but still has the complexities of a dark chocolate bar. 

Dark Milk Chocolate

White Chocolate

Okay, so what is white chocolate? White chocolate really isn't chocolate if you think about it.

It doesn't contain cocoa solids or powder, like dark and milk chocolate. It does, however, contain cocoa butter, milk, and sugar.

To simplify it, it is just cocoa butter mixed with milk and sugar. 

I guess white chocolate is to chocolate what champagne is to wine.

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