White Chocolate

Round Peg in a Square Hole will fit right in!

Have you ever felt like you’re different from everyone else? At one point or another, we all do. But there are some among us, a relative or a friend, who march to the beat of their own drum and refuse to accept the status quo? There are not rebels – cliché alert – but they see things differently. Like not getting that new gadget won’t stop their world from spinning and they really don’t care who George Clooney got married to. They think it’s nobody’s business and wish the Clooney’s all the happiness in the world.

Many think there are a little weird but there are not, they are just a little ‘kooky’. Like everyone else, they love a warm bath after a long day at work; enjoy that rich aroma of their morning coffee or like to watch a bully get bullied back.

It’s these characteristics that comfortably seats them in the ‘kooky – interesting’ section instead of the ‘crazy – I stocked up on spam because the world was supposed to end in 2012’ section.

Like people, there is white chocolate that has the right amount of ‘kookiness’ that many find endearing and fascinating.

White chocolate is often misunderstood or simply overlooked. Though it may feel like it doesn’t belong, the only real difference between white chocolate and all other types is that instead of cocoa solids it is made up of milk solids. This gives it those sweet yet subtle notes in its flavor, and lots more cocoa butter. Ironically, this recipe makes this delicacy the proverbial dark horse when it comes to desserts. It complements several bolder flavors, for example, ice creams, nuts, cardamom spices and citrus fruits.It could even hit that right balance for your taste buds if combined with intense bitter flavors like coffee.

So the next time you go down the chocolate aisle and see the neglected white variety only some have taste for, you might want to keep the following in mind:

Eat it Right – If you’re not a fan now, it’s probably because you’ve never tasted the real thing. Many companies produce lower quality bars by substituting expensive cocoa butter for vegetable fats. A dead giveaway would be the color: white chocolate should never be pure white but creamy off-white considering cocoa butter is creamy as well. In fact, the FDA has also set standards dating back to 2002 for white chocolate to be prepared correctly, requiring at least 20% cocoa butter, 14% milk solids, and 3.5% milk fat.

Zero Caffeine – This sets white chocolate apart from its siblings. Cocoa solids are rich in caffeine, but here, milk solids are used instead. Therefore, lack of cocoa solids means no caffeine; those who crave chocolate yet want to avoid caffeine for medical related reasons could safely dig in.

Good for Your Bones – This is how all the goodness in those milk solids kick in. Studies have shown that a small bar contains one sixth of the recommended daily allowance of calcium. Therefore, eating white chocolate could help keep your bones healthy and strong.
Lowers Cholesterol – Everyone knows there is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. But did you know cocoa butter, found in white chocolate, is a unique saturated fat that according to recent research does not create bad cholesterol.  It helps in the production of good cholesterol which keeps you healthy.

Good for Your Heart – Now you could add white chocolate to your list of heart-friendly desserts. Some researchers believe that white chocolate improves blood circulation and could prevent heart disease This is due to the presence of flavonoids which helps in unclogging arteries. Who knew white chocolate saved you from heart diseases other than love.

Reduces aging – We all want to look young and beautiful. Some even go to great lengths to accomplish that, but sometimes it’s the simple things that make all the difference. According to latest research, eating white chocolate, which is full of antioxidants, may help keep your skin free from signs of premature aging. It also gives that euphoric feeling that you only get by eating chocolate which ultimately keeps you happy. Take a look at Helen Mirren and Richard Gere. Don’t know if they eat white chocolate or not but they sure are aging gracefully.

Keeps Blood Pressure Stable – Next time you feel your face going red with anger and your blood pressure rising, you may want to try this white treat to calm things down. Studies have shown that the antioxidants in white chocolate also help reduce risks of heart disease by maintaining your blood pressure levels.

Let’s admit we all look for that certain degree of kookiness in everyone. It makes them unique and endearing in their own crazy way. It’s the same with chocolate. Many good things such as whipped cream, swans, weddings and snow, come in white. And if there’s a White Christmas, then why can’t there be white chocolate too. Just Saying.