Definitions for "Dark Chocolate"
Made from chocolate liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, butter oil, soy lecithin and flavorings. Also termed "bittersweet chocolate."
Dark chocolate is chocolate without milk as an additive, sometimes called plain chocolate. The US Government calls this Sweet Chocolate, and requires a 15% concentration of chocolate liquor. In Europe, there are some conflicting reports in terms of the minumum amount of cocoa solids that should be in dark chocolate to consider it "dark." Some Europeans say a minimum of 35% and others say a minimum of 43%. Even others, label chocolate bars "dark" when it has above 50% chocolate content. A "70% cocoa chocolate" is considered quite dark while 85% and even 88% cocoa dark chocolates have become quite popular for dark chocolate lovers. The main ingredients of "true" dark chocolate are (the first having the highest concentrations): Cocoa liquor, Cocoa butter, Sugar and Vanilla (sometimes).
Chocolate that contains a minimum of 15% chocolate liquor with varying amounts of sweeteners and cocoa butter.
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