Question: Where Does White Chocolate Come From?
Answer: Unlike milk chocolate and dark chocolate, white chocolate contains no cocoa solids (cocoa solids are what’s left once the cocoa beans have been ground and any impurities have been removed). It’s the cocoa solids that provide the brown color and much of the flavor in real chocolate. White chocolate, which contains only cocoa butter, milk powder, sugar, and flavorings, comes from the cocoa bean only because cocoa beans are composed of about 50% cocoa butter. During the chocolate manufacturing process, when the beans are ground, the cocoa butter is often extracted from them. Some of the cocoa butter is added back to actual chocolate, but some of it goes to other uses as well, including the manufacture of white chocolate.