The Rise of White Chocolate
True white chocolate has a beautiful ivory color and a velvety, buttery flavor. Nibbling good white chocolate is all about the experience of flavor and texture.
Most of us know the general process of making chocolate but how is white chocolate created? Dark, milk and white chocolate all begin the same way. Cocoa nibs which are part of the cocoa bean are roasted and ground into finer and finer particles. This creates a substance called chocolate liquor or cocoa mass. Despite the liquor term there is no alcohol involved in this step. At this point the chocolate liquor consists of 50-60% cocoa butter and 46-48% cocoa powder.
Now the chocolate varieties begin to differ. The light colored cocoa butter is separated from the dark “powder”. Dark and milk chocolates will each be created from the cocoa powder by adding vanilla, sugar and/or milk with some cocoa butter added back in. White chocolate, however, is fashioned from the rich cocoa butter. The term butter defines the look and feel of the product as there is no dairy in cocoa butter. Askinosie Chocolate, a chocolate producer in Missouri, adds goats milk powder and cane sugar juice to produce their award winning, white chocolate bar. Each fine chocolate producer adds their own touches to their cocoa butter to create their unique flavor profile.
There has never been more chocolatiers creating great white chocolate allowing us to have many nibbling experiences.
WHITE AND WONDERFUL HOT CHOCOLATE
Serve with freshly baked oatmeal cookies!
1/2 cup plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar or agave syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground dry ginger
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. orange zest
5 ounces grated or finely chopped quality white chocolate, such as El Rey, Askinosie, Valrhona or Guittard
- Combine and blend above ingredients in a bowl.
3 cups milk
- In a saucepan, heat the milk until very warm, about 175F
- Add the white chocolate mix and whisk until the chocolate is melted.
- Whisk constantly until the mixture is very warm, about 175F.
Enjoy! Chef Heidi