Is white chocolate even chocolate? It’s a pretty polarizing food — people tend to love it or hate it. The ingredients do come from a cocoa bean, but white chocolate doesn’t have solid cocoa in it at all. It’s made with the by-product of a cocoa bean — cocoa butter. It actually smells a lot like chocolate, even more than a cocoa bean does.
The cocoa butter is combined with milk, sugar and flavoring to create the white chocolate — and it definitely has its own distinct flavor compared to milk and dark. There is good and bad white chocolate, as with any type of chocolate. White chocolate should taste milky and shouldn’t be super sweet. It also shouldn’t be white, but rather an ivory or a yellow color.
The FDA gives chocolate and white chocolate separate definitions — anything defined as chocolate needs to be made up of at least 10% cocoa mass but doesn’t say anything about cocoa butter. White chocolate has to have at least 20% cocoa butter. It can be a bit of a touchy subject for chocolate lovers, and, historically, it’s been less popular in the U.S compared to milk and dark chocolate. But, in the end, everyone has their own different tastes.