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Delicious Types of Chocolate March 10, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — bellem18 @ 5:13 pm

So we all know and love chocolate. But, do you know the many different types of chocolate? The most commonly known types are dark chocolate, white chocolate, and milk chocolate. But, the list doesn’t stop there! Yes you chocoholics, there are more types.

But first you should know that each type of chocolate is determined by the amount of cocoa butter, chocolate liquor, amount of sugar, and other various ingredients.

  • Unsweetened Chocolate– This is more commonly known as the “bitter” or “baking” chocolate. This type is made completely out of chocolate liquor, which is purely grounded cocoa bans. This type is not meant to eat on its one. In fact this is a common ingredient in many baking recipes and in recipes for other types of chocolate.
  • Bittersweet Chocolate-This type is made of about 50% of chocolate liquor and sugar. Mostly this type is deeper and has a a bitter flavor.
  • Dark Chocolate-Dark chocolate is composed of chocolate liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla, and leicitin. This type can vary on the sweetness since many of the darker chocolates fall into this category.
  • Milk Chocolate-This type clearly contains more milk substances than other forms of chocolate. For this product, it contains cocoa butter, chocolate liquor, milk chocolate, and condensed milk or dry milk solids. Milk chocolate is known for it’s sweet and creamy taste. And also has a recognizably lighter color than dark chocolate.
  • White Chocolate– This chocolate is very different from the rest. not just from its color, but white chocolate does not contain chocolate liquor or any other cocoa products besides cocoa butter. This makes the chocolate not have a taste before vanilla or other flavorings are added. Usually this type has over 55% sugar content in the recipe.
  • Couverture Chocolate– This is considered the highest quality of chocolate. This type is generally used in truffles and other high-end candies. Same ingredients as the other dark or milk chocolates, this chocolate has a much higher fat content, which allows it to melt easier.

These are just a few types of chocolate found in the chocolate industry. Ones that were not mention are Cocoa Powder, Compound Chocolate, Chocolate Coating, and Semi-Sweet Chocolate.

 Sources:

LaBau, E. (n.d.). A Guide to Chocolate Varieties. In About.com:Candy. Retrieved March 10, 2009, from http://candy.about.com/od/candybasics/a/chocguide.htm
Types of Chocolate. (1998-2006). Distinct Gift Baskets. Retrieved March 10, 2009, from http://www.distinctgiftbaskets.com/infotypesofchocolate.html
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