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Let’s indulge in chocolates on World Chocolate Day

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Established in 2009, World Chocolate Day falls on 7 July. It marks the supposed anniversary of the day that chocolate, which is native to Mexico and South and Central America, first entered Europe in 1550.

Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is known for its rich flavour and amazing health benefits like providing antioxidants, improving brain function and boosting your immune health. The key, like all other foods, is to eat in moderation.

While World Chocolate Day lets us indulge in all the chocolatey goodness, what kind of chocolate is your favourite? Do you know their differences?

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DARK CHOCOLATE

Often referred to as “adults’ chocolate” in Japan, dark chocolate tastes bitter and most like the cacao seed. It usually contains 70 to 85 per cent cocoa solids. Unlike the other chocolate types, it does not contain milk or butter — all the fat content comes from cocoa butter. Some dark chocolates may still have sweetener added to improve the taste, while some do not, which are known as bitter chocolates.

Lindt Excellence Dark Chocolate, 78% Dark, 100g

S$5.52 at Amazon

Lindt Excellence Dark Chocolate, 78% Dark, 100g. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Lindt Excellence Dark Chocolate, 78% Dark, 100g. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Ritter Sport Dark Whole Hazelnut Chocolate

S$3 S$3.70 at Amazon

Ritter Sport Dark Whole Hazelnut Chocolate,2204288-0, 100 g. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Ritter Sport Dark Whole Hazelnut Chocolate,2204288-0, 100 g. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Nestlé Kit Kat Otoama Dark Chocolate

S$38.80 at Amazon

Nestlé Kit Kat Otoama Dark Chocolate. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Nestlé Kit Kat Otoama Dark Chocolate. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Cadbury Old Gold Dark, 180 g

S$5.49 at Amazon

Cadbury Old Gold Dark, 180 g. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Cadbury Old Gold Dark, 180 g. (Photo: Amazon SG)

MILK CHOCOLATE

The most common and well-liked is none other than milk chocolate. Compared to dark chocolate, milk chocolate has a milder and smoother taste. Like its name suggests, it contains milk, sugar and cocoa. While chocolatiers do sell pure bars of milk chocolate, they usually produce milk chocolate bars with other ingredients added, such as dried fruits, nuts, caramel or peanut butter.

Cadbury Special Treats, 180g

S$4.35 at Amazon

Cadbury Special Treats, 180 g -Chilled. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Cadbury Special Treats, 180 g -Chilled. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Ritter Sport Honey Salt Almonds Chocolate, 100g

S$3 S$3.70 at Amazon

Ritter Sport Honey Salt Almonds Chocolate, 100g. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Ritter Sport Honey Salt Almonds Chocolate, 100g. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Lindt Lindor Cornet, Milk Chocolate, 200g

S$11.85 at Amazon

Lindt Lindor Cornet, Milk Chocolate, 200g. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Lindt Lindor Cornet, Milk Chocolate, 200g. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Ferrero Rocher T30 Chocolate, 375g

S$18.90 at Amazon

Ferrero Rocher T30 Chocolate, 375g. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Ferrero Rocher T30 Chocolate, 375g. (Photo: Amazon SG)

WHITE CHOCOLATE

In case you haven’t realised, let us break the news to you: white chocolate is not exactly chocolate. Unlike the other two, white chocolate does not contain cocoa solids, hence the pale ivory colour. It does, however, contain cocoa butter, sugar and milk, which give it the sweet and creamy taste that makes it so irresistible.

Lindt Swiss Classic White Chocolate, 100g

S$3.70 at Amazon

Lindt Swiss Classic White Chocolate, 100g. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Lindt Swiss Classic White Chocolate, 100g. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Ritter Sport White Whole Hazelnut Chocolate, 100 g

S$3.70 at Amazon

Ritter Sport White Whole Hazelnut Chocolate, 100 g. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Ritter Sport White Whole Hazelnut Chocolate, 100 g. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Kinder Bueno T2 White Chocolate, 39g

S$2.05 at Amazon

Kinder Bueno T2 White Chocolate, 39g. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Kinder Bueno T2 White Chocolate, 39g. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Cadbury Dream, 180 g

S$5.36 S$5.95 at Amazon

Cadbury Dream, 180 g. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Cadbury Dream, 180 g. (Photo: Amazon SG)
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