To Ed Buchanan,
I am a southern lady in South Carolina who likes to cook and entertain. I am in a couple of ladies clubs where we have to take turns hosting and providing the cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, entree, and dessert. I would love to have your email address as someone to help if I have a question.
I have thought for years that chocolate is originally dark, so how could they make it turn out white. Well, I have asked everyone I know to ask and got no satisfactory answer until just now, reading your response to another question about white chocolate. My common sense did not steer me wrong. So, thank you very much.
White chocolate is NOT the same as "summer chocolate".
White chocolate is: Cocoa butter (derived from cocoa beans) milk powder,sugar, vanilla, (.5%) and lecethin (.5%). In many European countries it can not be legally labeled as chocolate.
It does however contain up to 25% cocoa butter, and no other fats or oils.
"Summer chocolate" is made from: Cocoa powder, various fats and oils, sugar, vanilla, and soy lecethin. It contains no cocoa butter and does not need to be tempered, and stays solid at warmer temperatures that would normally melt with real chocolate.
"Summer Chocolate" is basically chocolate with the cocoa butter replaced with another vegetable fat. It can be dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate. In the E.U. (Europe) these prodcuts can not be labled "Chocolate, or have the word "chocolate" in any way or form included on the packagaing or description. In N.America, anything goes..... In Europe, any chocolate containing even 1% milk powder can not be labled as "Chocolate", but instead "Milk chocolate" .In N.america, anything goes......
The cocoa bean naturally contains over 50% cocoa butter.
Be a label reader!!!! If the label includes strange or wierd fats, it is not chocolate. "Dutched" cocoa is procesed with alkalai, and must be legaly stated on the label in both the E.U and N.America.
Forget all those American desciptions of bittersweet,semi-sweet, etc, it is B.S. According to the F.D.A. in the U.S. "bittersweet chocolate", must contain a minimum of 35% cocoa, semi- sweet the same, sweet chocolate the same. The European system of declaring the percentage is far more accuarate, and the percentage refers to the actual cocoa content. Thus, a 65% chocoalte will have 65% cocoa content, 34% sugar,and half of one percent each of vanilla and soy lecethin.
Hope this helps
To Ed Buchanan,
I have thought for years that chocolate is originally dark, so how could they make it turn out white. Well, I have asked everyone I know to ask and got no satisfactory answer until just now, reading your response to another question about white chocolate. My common sense did not steer me wrong.
Ed and your common sense have something in common. They're both wrong.