I once heard that you should cook with wine you like to drink, not cooking wine.
I figure it’s pretty much the same with chocolate – use the type of chocolate in your baking recipes that you like to eat, especially if the chocolate plays a big role in the recipe.
The three main chocolate types are:
- Dark chocolate
- Milk chocolate
- White chocolate
What type of chocolate you like best is a matter of personal taste. People who prefer dark chocolate like its sharp taste that leans a little toward bitter rather than sweet. Milk chocolate fans enjoy the extra sweetness that the added sugar and milk lend. And white chocolate offers a completely different taste and texture, often coating other forms of chocolate or surrounding nuts in recipes like almond bark.
What Makes Chocolates Different?
The difference between the chocolate types is in the proportion of cocoa butter, cocoa solids, and added ingredients such as sugar and milk solids.
Milk chocolate and dark chocolate both contain chocolate liquor
made from the cocoa solids and cocoa butter found in cocoa beans (not to be confused with chocolate liqueur, which contains alcohol).
Dark chocolate contains a larger proportion of chocolate liquor and little or no milk solids, so it has a more intense color and deeper flavor.
Milk chocolate also has cocoa solids and cocoa butter, but it has milk and sugar added (which contributes to its lighter color).
White chocolate doesn't contain cocoa solids, so some people don't consider it to be chocolate at all – or at least not in the same sense as dark chocolate and milk chocolate. But white chocolate chips are a fun addition to brownies or layer bars, and melted white chocolate makes a great candy coating for truffles or pretzels.
Different Chocolates in Recipes
If chocolate chip cookies are the extent of your baking with chocolate, you're in for a big treat as you experiment with different chocolate types in new recipes. Here are a few dessert recipes that could introduce you to new chocolate tastes:
What's your fave: white, milk or dark chocolate?