Chocolate

WARNING! Do not read the following article on an empty stomach! 

Everyone knows the amazingly indulgent dessert of chocolate. It’s a world favorite and there is something for everyone. Whether it be milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, or even ruby chocolate, there is a unique taste for everyone. Each country has its own specialty chocolate and different pairings but one thing is clear. The world can not live without chocolate!

Let’s start off with a classic. Milk chocolate. The sweet-tasting dessert comes in many shapes and forms. Whether it be a Hershey Kiss or a full-sized bar, this chocolate is sure to fill anyone’s sweet tooth. Some people do not prefer milk chocolate because of the small amount of cocoa. Milk chocolate only contains about 10 to 40 percent cocoa and the rest is milk and sugar. This can cause it to be a little sweeter than other chocolates and not the right fit for everyone. 

Do not worry if milk chocolate isn’t one’s cup of tea because there are always more options! Dark chocolate is the healthier option but it can be a little bitter. Dark chocolate can be made with 50% cocoa or even 90% cocoa. This tends to give a bitter taste because there isn’t a lot of milk nor sugar. Dark chocolate is also the healthier option because it is known to have many nutrients. Many scientists say that dark chocolate contains antioxidants, fiber, calcium, and magnesium. Even though dark chocolate is the healthier option, it does still contain some sugar so don’t eat too much!

Now the next type of chocolate may not be chocolate and there is a huge debate behind it. White chocolate is called chocolate but many think it is just a dessert and does not deserve to be called “chocolate”. White chocolate is made of cocoa butter, sugar, milk, and vanilla. People say that because white chocolate is made of cocoa butter and not cocoa beans it should not be classified as a type of chocolate. However, others argue that cocoa butter is made from cocoa beans. This chocolate has a vanilla flavor but still has the smooth and creamy flavor of chocolate. The high amounts of cocoa butter make this a hard chocolate to bake desserts with. However, if one can master baking with white chocolate then they will have a large variety of fruits to pair it with. White chocolate’s mellow flavor makes it an excellent choice to pair with a variety of different flavors. 

Semi-sweet chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, and unsweetened chocolate are all types of chocolate that are used in baking. They all have a relatively low amount of sugar in them which makes them perfect to put in desserts. Semi-sweet chocolate is good to snack on but bittersweet chocolate and unsweetened chocolate is not an ideal snacking choice. It is best to pair them with other ingredients for a delicious dessert.

The last chocolate isn’t as well known and is a more recent chocolate. Ruby chocolate was released into the world in 2017 and is pink. It tastes like white chocolate and berries mixed together. Ruby chocolate is made from ruby cocoa beans that are mainly found in Brazil. Not many people know about ruby chocolate but it continues to become more and more popular as chefs and bakers experiment to use it in delicious new recipes.

Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, baking chocolate, and ruby chocolate can be found all around the world with their own unique twist on them. Whether it is chocolate mousse, a Hershey’s bar, chocolate cake, a brownie, or ice cream, chocolate is something for everyone to enjoy. The creamy and indulgent flavor pleases people’s tastebuds in many different ways and there is something for everyone to enjoy!