Happy National White Chocolate Day! This smooth, creamy, and delicious dessert tends to create controversy in the chocolate world. To begin with, the history of it is quite ambiguous. Some claim it was produced in New Hampshire just after World War I, after an American saw it in Europe. Nestlé launched a white chocolate bar in Europe in the 1930s. According to Nestlé, white chocolate was originally created as a way to use excess cocoa butter. The company does not specify who created it or why and that is believed to be a part of history that has been lost along the line somewhere.
Furthermore, it doesn’t look, taste, or smell like traditional chocolate so can it even be classified as chocolate? Despite it being introduced to the world in 1930, it was technically not classified as chocolate until 2004. White chocolate does not contain cocoa solids, one of the main ingredients in traditional chocolate. In 2004 the FDA finally relaxed its definition of “chocolate” and accepted white chocolate into the family. According to the regulations, true white chocolate must contain at least 20% cocoa butter, 14% total milk solids, 3.5% milk fat, and less than 63% sugar.
White chocolate happens to be a part of the process of creating our signature Gardenia’s Berries. The artisan confectioners at Gardenias Fire create gourmet chocolate fudge brownies which are dipped in white chocolate and then each treat is decorated by hand with our crunchy pearls. Sounds like a delicious way to celebrate white chocolate! Even if you don’t accept it as chocolate and prefer the more traditional milk chocolate treats then let us tempt you with our gourmet brownies and chocolate covered strawberries. Chocolate lovers would agree that it’s not necessary to have a reason to enjoy chocolate and it can be celebrated at any given time!