Is White Chocolate the real deal?

Is White Chocolate the real deal?

Posted by Kylie Suich


Yes.  White Chocolate, that is made using cacoa butter and has this with a % listing as part of its ingredients is the real deal.

White Chocolate made using sugar (usually first), whole milk powder, vanilla powder and coconut solids or palm oil is not the real deal.  This is much cheaper to manufacture and is the 'star' of mass manufactured sweets and treats.

As with anything artisan, read the fine print of the ingredients label and understand what you are buying.  The great news, artisan White Chocolate is amazing and a fantastic base for summer weight fruity flavours.   They tend to be lighter in texture, melt quickly in the mouth and less complex flavours, though this depends a lot on the chocolatier. 

For Chocoholics like myself, who love to know a backstory, Valrhona who have been producing chocolate in the small village of Tain L’Hermitage, France since 1922 and more recently operating their own cacao plantations in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic - have crafted a Blond Chocolate.

Valrhona released a commercial version of a roasted white chocolate they call Dulcey in 2012.  It came about when "a corporate pastry chef who left some white chocolate in a bain-marie [a water bath], that turned into a blond chocolate" a representative for the French chocolate brand has explained of the Dulcey origin story. 

It is not uncommon for a chocolatier or pastry chef to stumble across something new when they tweak an existing recipe (or busy doing other things).  What is different here is that the Valrhona research and development team spent eight years perfecting a consistent recipe so they could launch Dulcey into the retail market and also have it available as a couverture chocolate for artisan chocolatiers to use when crafting their own unique range. 

Valrhona's Dulcey Chocolate has a 35% cacao butter solids as the key ingredient along with some milk powder, sugar and natural vanilla extract making it a smooth and creamy chocolate with a velvety, enveloping texture. The first notes are buttery, toasty and not too sweet, gradually giving way to the flavors of shortbread with a pinch of salt.   

Perfect for artisan chocolatiers around the world and of course Australia to use as a base for making their own in house flavoured white chocolates. 

Like the look of the choc in the pic?  This is a White Chocolate made by Floyd Miller of Cocoa Rhapsody.  It often pops up in the Anything Goes Chocolate tasting boxes, if you fancy getting mostly while / milk / dark chocolate treats then leave a comment at the check out when your order online. 

 

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