Milk chocolate and white chocolate contain milk solids.
Varying amounts of milk and sugar create very different chocolates.
Beans yield cocoa for baking and chocolate liquor for candy.
Because cacao trees are so delicate, farmers lose, on average, 30 percent of their crop each year.
Chocolate is a natural product made of these ingredients:
Chocolate Liquor: Cocoa beans with their shells removed that have been fermented, roasted and ground until they liquefy. This liquid is made up of cocoa butter and cocoa solids; both are naturally present in the bean.
Cocoa Butter: Natural fat from the cocoa bean; extra cocoa butter enhances chocolate’s flavor and mouthfeel.
Lecithin: An emulsifier, often made from soy, that makes the ingredients blend together.
Vanilla or vanillin and other flavors.
It also may include
Milk: For milk chocolate.
Fruits, Nuts and other Add-ins: For specialty chocolates.