Introducing the Debate Contenders
For all intents and purposes, after Halloween signals the start of the winter holiday season for businesses. It’s hard to wander through a store without being confronted by chocolate offerings at every corner, from Costco Chocolate Bombs to chocolate advent calendars and inventive hot cocoa mixes. Brightly wrapped festive food gift baskets abound with chocolate as one of their chief offerings. Mouthwatering chocolates wrapped in shiny colorful wrappers foil any diet resolutions of gift basket recipients.
Although there are many chocolate types to debate, from caramel-filled chocolate to raspberry syrup-filled chocolate and the perennial favorite of red and white studded peppermint bark, the great chocolate debate question looms: dark chocolate or milk chocolate?
As everyone knows, the addition of milk to solid chocolate makes milk chocolate. Meanwhile, our favorite convenient desktop Apple Dictionary defines dark chocolate as a “slightly bitter chocolate, of deep brown color, without added milk.”
Pros of milk chocolate: more widely available and sweeter taste. Cons of milk chocolate: sometimes too sweet and not lactose intolerant friendly. On the other hand, dark chocolate has a fuller and more rich chocolate flavor that the lactose intolerant can enjoy. It’s also less likely to give you a toothache.
And don’t even get me started on white chocolate. White chocolate’s primary ingredient is cocoa butter. Cocoa butter comes from a cocoa bean but is by no means chocolate. I’m not too fond of white chocolate. I could go on and on about why I think dark chocolate is superior to all other chocolate, but I digress. Let us permit nutritional value to proclaim a victor in the chocolate debate.
Dark chocolate has:
- half the sugar
- four times the fiber
- four times the iron
- twice the potassium
- more zinc
- three times less cholesterol
- four times more caffeine
- four times more theobromine (bitter cacao alkaloid that lowers blood pressure)
To be fair to milk chocolate, though, it does have:
- slightly fewer calories
- less fat
- more calcium.
Also, Kit Kats, and all many favorite candy bars, are milk chocolate. Who can resist?
The Winner of the Debate
At the end of the day, though, I’ll always throw my lot in with dark chocolate. Whether dark chocolate stars in double chocolate cookies, flourless chocolate cake, or banana bread, it never ceases to delight with just the right note of sweetness. To all the milk chocolate lovers out there, chocolate is chocolate, but consider coming over to the dark side. Just once. I promise you won’t regret it.
Which type of chocolate is the best?