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TIP OF THE DAY: Check The Ingredients In White Chocolate Chips

We love to bake with white chocolate chips—real white chocolate chips, that is.

Much of the “white chocolate” out there isn’t real chocolate. Check the label: If you see “vegetable oil” instead of “cocoa butter,” it’s an inferior product without delicious chocolate flavor.

White chocolate is made from sugar, milk, cocoa butter, vanilla and lecithin (a natural emulsifier to smooth the chocolate, also listed as soy lecithin). That’s it.

If you care about the best ingredients, buy real white chocolate. We use the real deal from Guittard of San Francisco and Callebaut of Belgium. Otherwise, it’s analogous to using margarine instead of butter. You’ll really notice the difference in flavor.

Both of these white chocolate chip brands have a sweet, fresh cream flavor. The Guittard chips we’re currently using have nutty undertones and hints of citrus and vanilla. (Vanilla is an ingredient in white chocolate, while citrus notes come from the type of cacao beans used to make the cocoa butter.)


Buy the real deal, made with cocoa butter,
not vegetable oil. Photo courtesy Lake
Champlain Chocolate.


If there’s no cocoa butter, a product can’t be called chocolate. It can be called “imitation chocolate,” but no major brand wants that on its label! Thus:

  • Nestle’s white chips are called “Premier White Morsels” and the ingredients are sugar, palm kernel oil, lactose, whey (milk), milkfat, nonfat milk, sodium caseinate (milk), buttermilk solids, hydrogenated palm oil, soy lecithin, artificial flavors and natural flavors.
  • Ghirardelli’s white chips are called “Premier Baking Chips [in] Classic White.” The ingredients include sugar, palm kernel oil, whole milk powder, nonfat dry milk, palm oil, soy lecithin and vanilla.

    Where To Find White Chocolate Chips

  • White chocolate chips by Guittard are available at better supermarkets, baking supplies stores and online. Guittard products are certified kosher by OU.
  • White chocolate chips from Lake Champlain Chocolates are made from Callebaut and certified kosher. Callebaut products are certified kosher by OK.
    If you can’t find white chocolate chips, chop up a white chocolate bar. Our favorite—for eating as well—is from Green & Black’s, available at Whole Foods Markets, many other retailers and online.

    FOOD TRIVIA: A bonus for the caffeine-conscious, there’s no caffeine in white chocolate.

    Chocolate Lover? Find our favorite chocolate in our Gourmet Chocolate Section.


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