Baking with chocolate, especially white chocolate, can be a bit daunting for new bakers who want to create beautiful culinary confections that taste as good as they look. What is white baking chocolate and how does it differ from regular chocolate? Do you know how to melt white chocolate chips? What recipes work best for white baking chocolate? Is it bitter or sweet? Our Artisan chocolatiers are dedicated to providing bakers with high-quality white baking chocolate and the tools to use it artfully.
What is White Baking Chocolate
White baking chocolate is a combination of milk, sugar, and cocoa butter blended to a sweet, creamy, finish without the use of cocoa powder. Uses for the chocolate are vast. From melting the chips for sauce and filings to cake decorating, mold making, and more, there are so many options to choose from when using white chocolate.
Sauce And Fillings
Perhaps one of the most popular uses is for chocolate sauces and fillings. White chocolate chips can be melted the same as any other baking chocolate, depending on the recipe and desired texture. For example, making a ganache chocolate uses hot cream to melt the chocolate slowly without applying direct heat. On the other hand, a chocolate mousse may require melting the chocolate through a double boiler method.
Examples of chocolate sauces include the following:
- White Chocolate Drizzle
- Fruit Dipping Sauce
- Cake filling
Cake decorating is another common application of white baking chocolate with several customization options. Because of the intense flavor of white chocolate, it can be used with little-to-no alterations making it an easy, elegant choice for any cake designer. In addition, any type of white baking chocolate such as bars, drops, or chips can be used to achieve a variety of results.
Examples of cake decor include the following:
- Frosting or Piping
- Drizzles or Drip cake
- Chocolate covered fruit
- Individual Decorations
White chocolate is a great option when making edible decorations or cute treats due to the creamy texture and elegant look. Making chocolates and decorations with candy molds can add character to any confectionary design. By using food coloring or other types of chocolate to accent the white, designers can customize molds to bring a chocolate design to life.
Common customizations you might consider when using candy molds include piping, pouring, and painting. Method choice can change with every recipe, depending on the desired design and number of colors used. In general, chocolates can be melted and poured directly into a mold (or painted in for details), however, it is best to follow the mold instructions. Best practices for molds include using clean, polished molds, tapping out air bubbles, and waiting until the chocolate peels itself from the mold before attempting to release.
Another fun and easy way to use white baking chocolate is to melt it using the double boiler method and pour it directly over any desired treat. Alternatively, bakers can dunk treats into a large bowl of the melted chocolate and place them on a wire rack to dry. Common uses for chocolate coverings include decorations, snacks, and holiday treats!
Examples of common white chocolate coverings include the following:
- Chocolate covered pretzels (add crushed peppermint for a holiday twist)
- Chocolate covered fruits
- Chocolate covered coffee beans
- Chocolate covered dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, blueberries)
No matter how you use your white baking chocolate, you’re sure to end up with a delicious treat!