White chocolate consists of cocoa butter, sugar, vanilla and milk, passed through the final stages of chocolate making. The residue cocoa left in the cocoa butter gives it a chocolatey kind of taste, but there are technically no cocoa solids in there. For this reason it is legally not 'chocolate'.
Some brands of "white chocolate" contain vegetable oils in stead of cocoa butter. It is highly debatable if those can still be called chocolate.


Source: The Chocolate FAQ (www.choco.com/faq.html)

As sloebertje has ably pointed out, white chocolate is not really chocolate at all, for it doesn't contain any chocolate liquor, unlike the real thing. White chocolate is made from cocoa butter, the naturally occuring cream-coloured fat that results from the processing of cocoa beans, mixed with sugar, milk solids, lecithin (an emulsifier), and vanilla. If the label does not list cocoa butter as an ingredient, don't buy the product; it's made from some other kind of fat than cocoa butter, thus severing white chocolate's already tenuous connection with that gorgeous dark elixir, chocolate.

Because it contains milk products, white chocolate only lasts about 8 or 9 months under ideal conditions (tightly wrapped, in a cool dry place); milk chocolate, which also contains milk products, lasts longer because cocoa solids contain something - as yet un-identified compound - that prevents the dairy ingredients from going rancid. White chocolate, like all chocolate, must be melted very slowly over low heat - preferably in a double boiler over simmering water - to keep it from scorching and clumping.

I am curious as to the origin of white chocolate, for I don't remember it from my childhood, but I have been unable to determine it in spite of diligent searching. Odd.

White Chocolate is a nickname for NBA basketball player Jason Williams. He has a flashy style of play. The somewhat racist origin of the nickname is, of course, the fact that he is white, but plays basketball well. One could say that his style of play is more similar to prominent, African-American players than prominent, white basketball players; i.e. John Stockton.

Though he made a name for himself playing for the Sacramento Kings (drafted by them in 1998), he was recently (June 28, 2001) traded to the Vancouver Grizzlies for Mike Bibby.

stats:

  • Height: 6'1"
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Born: Nov 18, 1975 in Belle, WV
  • College: Florida
  • position: point guard

through 2000-2001 season

  • games played: 131, minutes: 4565
  • shooting pct.: .374
  • assits per game: 6.78
  • turnovers per game: 3.35
  • steals per game: 1.62
  • rebounds per game: 2.9

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