Coffee Syrup Questions: Is White Chocolate Really Chocolate?
With more than 115 unique coffee syrups on our virtual shelves, we’ve had to learn a few things about flavors. After all, there’s a lot that goes into our coffee syrups in order to get distinct and delicious flavors. Today, we’d like to share some of that knowledge with you, as we tackle this common question, “Is white chocolate really chocolate?”
The answer: No.
Here’s why… In order to be considered ‘chocolate’ a substance/product has to have chocolate liquor, of which white chocolate has none. While this has generally been considered a crucial criterion for determining whether or not something’s chocolate, it wasn’t until January 1, 2004 that the FDA officially declared this policy law.
Of course, there’s a lot more to the laws surrounding what makes white chocolate white chocolate. In order to receive the title of ‘white chocolate’, a product must meet the following requirements:
- At least 20% cocoa fat
- At least 14% milk solids
- At least 3.5% milk fat
- Less than 55% sugar
- The other remaining (more or less) 7.5% is up to the manufacturer!
So, though white chocolate may not technically be a chocolate, there’s no doubt that there are many guidelines around what constitutes the product. If you’re looking for an even easier explanation of the difference between white chocolate and chocolate, remember this: white chocolate uses cocoa butter (which is why it’s often called a “chocolate”), but no non-fat cocoa solids (the ingredient that imparts a chocolaty taste in regular chocolate).
Of course, white chocolate is naturally caffeine free, too, since it doesn’t contain any of the chocolate liquor or non-fat cocoa solids. If all this talk of white chocolate has you itching to make a gourmet espresso drink, then we’ve got you covered. Why not try our White Chocolate Raspberry Coconut Latte.
In addition to using our great raspberry and coconut syrups, this drink recipe uses Amoretti Premium White Chocolate Syrup as its primary decadent ingredient. Two pumps of this delicious and creamy syrup goes into every White Chocolate Raspberry Coconut Latte. Give it a try, and see what you think for yourself!
If you’re a true chocolate fanatic, you can always substitute a different chocolate coffee syrup into the recipe instead of white chocolate. We have a number of ingredients to choose from, including Swiss Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, and White Chocolate Vanilla Syrup. Pick one or several – you can’t go wrong!