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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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.
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.
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.