White Chocolate

The approved line on white chocolate is that it’s cheap trash, but I’d like to propose an alternative angle: it’s actually delicious.

The most frequent point I hear about why white chocolate is bad is that it’s not chocolate.

That’s absolutely right, it is not chocolate, and I love chocolate also. But this doesn’t make white chocolate bad on its face — pizza also isn’t chocolate but most people agree pizza is delicious, so we do enjoy other things than just chocolate.

A food can’t be bad just because it’s inaccurately named, right? So, why do people not like white chocolate? It’s creamy and sweet and has a certain kind of almondy flavor that I associate with childhood and holiday seasons. It’s literally butter, cream, and sugar, which most everyone enjoys in basically any other preparation. So is it just the name, then? If we called white chocolate “buttercream candy” or something, would everyone still hate it?

7 Comments

  1. Zandy says:

    Hmm. Maybe. I dislike white chocolate because it’s cloying – but I wonder if I think that because it’s called chocolate. (I prefer dark chocolate myself, rather than milk chocolate)

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    1. Elizabeth says:

      Of the chocolates, I also prefer dark chocolate. I don’t think of white chocolate as a chocolate at all and sometimes I’d rather have it, just like sometimes I want chocolate cake, and other times I want cheesecake.

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      1. Zandy says:

        I mean, I guess it’s better than soap. I haven’t had that much of it in my lifetime, and I don’t think I’ve developed the taste. I need to try some while telling myself it’s buttercream candy and see how that goes.

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        1. Elizabeth says:

          Or not! There is no great urgency for you to develop a taste for white chocolate. But if you should want to, I recommend the Lindor white chocolate truffles.

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  2. I agree with Z, it’s that the name “chocolate” creates certain flavor expectations that are then not met, so there’s a sort of built-in disappointment. To me, the whole idea also seems like an abomination, like um a white whale.

    Ogden Nash reported a similar if more mildly stated sentiment in a poem:

    This sweetbread gazing up at me
    Is not what it purports to be.
    Says Webster's in one paragraph
    "It is the pancreas of a calf."
    Since it's neither sweet nor bread
    I think I'll take a bun instead. 
    

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    1. Elizabeth says:

      Sweetbreads are a good example, because they are considered a delicacy by the very same people who scoff at white chocolate! I might even have said “nobody says sweetbreads are disgusting because they aren’t sweet bread” but…I guess Ogden Nash did say that, so.

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