White Chocolate is not Chocolate
Okay, so white chocolate is ‘technically’ not truly chocolate. It originates from the cocoa (cacao) plant, but it is not ‘chocolate.’ It does not contain any cocoa and not even any solids or cocoa liquor. The sweet, milky dairy flavor with a hint of chocolate comes from the cocoa butter.
Its color ranges from pure white to yellow-white. Used for candy bars; baking chips; bakery coating. In the United States, white chocolate must contain a minimum of 20% cocoa fat. One ounce of ‘milk’ chocolate has only a little more caffeine than the amount of caffeine in a cup of decaffeinated coffee. White chocolate itself has no caffeine.
When purchasing white chocolate, make sure it is never pure white in color. Cocoa has an ivory color, so real white chocolate should have an off-white color as well. ‘White bars’ or ‘white coatings’ mentioned on some products not really white chocolate and just taste plain sugary. They should not be used as white chocolate.