Today is White Chocolate Day, but did you know that is only since 2002 that the FDA classified this ivory delight as chocolate? Because white chocolate contains no cocoa solids, it used to be classified with the chalk-white product called “confectionary coating,” which is made with cheaper vegetable oil instead of cocoa butter—and in our opinion, doesn’t taste so terrific. (If you think you don’t like white chocolate, you may have been eating confectionary coating.) The FDA finally agreed that the cocoa butter qualified it as true chocolate (the other components are milk, sweetener such as sugar and vanilla, plus a dab of lecithin as an emulsifier).
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