Types of Chocolate
The types of chocolate are many and varied and each play a different role in baking.
Who knew there were so many. Growing up I knew one kind of chocolate and that was whatever was in my candy bar at the time. Now there are several different types that can be used in baking, frosting, sauces, candies and drinks. Let's look at the different types of chocolate.
There are several flavors of chocolate available to you for creating decadent and delicious recipes in your own kitchen.
The Different Types of Chocolate
1. Sweet or Dark Chocolate – hailed as the healthiest chocolate choice, dark chocolate is made from chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, sugar, and sometimes a little milk. It contains the highest amount of cocoa of all the types of chocolate. Dark chocolate is a perfect choice for making cakes and brownies. It has a stronger taste than other chocolates, bordering on bitter for some people.
2. Milk Chocolate – this is the type of chocolate found in most candy bars. It’s made from chocolate liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, condensed milk, and a few other flavorings. It’s the most popular choice for making candy bars and many chocolate desserts.
3. Semisweet Chocolate – an excellent choice for baking cookies, cakes, chocolate covered candies, and brownies. Semisweet chocolate contains chocolate liquor, sugar, and cocoa butter.
4. Unsweetened Chocolate – this is chocolate in its most raw form with no sugar added and is commonly known as baking chocolate. It tastes very bitter on the tongue, but when used in dessert recipes, it lends a unique and flavorful taste to the finished product. Unsweetened chocolate is actually cooled and hardened chocolate liquor.
5. Bittersweet Chocolate – a type of very dark chocolate used to bake cakes and pastries. It contains very little sugar.
6. White Chocolate – although this type of chocolate is not truly chocolate, as it contains no chocolate liquor, it is still a popular ingredient for baking. It contains cocoa butter, milk, sugar, and a few other flavorings, making it the sweetest “chocolate” of them all. White chocolate is used for candies, toppings, decorating, and chocolate mousse.
Did You Know?
The most expensive chocolate in the world costs several thousand dollars
for one pound of the finest chocolate available on the market today. If you can afford this luxury, you’ll want to travel to Norwalk, Connecticut and visit the Knipschildt Chocolatier.
A single truffle
will cost you roughly $250, just to give you an idea of how fine these chocolates really taste and highly they are regarded. Chef Fritz Knipschildt is recognized around the world for his heavenly tasting chocolate.
How To Choose The Best Chocolate
Choosing the best quality chocolate becomes easier with practice.
Who wouldn’t want to practice choosing the best types of chocolate?
Using all five of your senses, you can learn how to determine higher quality and better tasting chocolate.
Dark chocolate is naturally darker than other chocolate because it contains the highest amount of cocoa. Chocolate that appears lighter in color contains less cocoa and will have a sweeter, finer flavor than dark chocolate.
High quality chocolate "snaps" when broken.
Really good chocolate will melt in your hand within 60 seconds, whereas a lower quality chocolate will take its sweet time to melt.
The aroma of good chocolate is second to none; so don’t settle for imitation chocolate! A high quality chocolate will have a wonderfully rich aroma with a hint of pure vanilla.
Take the time to enjoy the chocolate instead of gobbling it up as quickly as possible. Allow the chocolate to melt in your mouth slowly so you can fully appreciate and enjoy the flavor.
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Use the type of chocolate for which the recipe calls or else you’ll end up with a final product that is not what you had hoped it would be.
In other words, don’t substitute semisweet chocolate for bittersweet chocolate and vice-versa.
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