A Guide to Different Chocolate Types: Exploring the Sweet World of Chocolate

If there's one thing that unites chocolate lovers worldwide, it's the sheer variety of chocolate available. From silky smooth milk chocolate to intense, bittersweet dark chocolate, each type has its own unique charm.

Three squares each showing a different type of melted chocolate. The square on the left shows dark chocolate, the middle shows milks, and the right sqaure shows white chocolateAt Harry Specters we use mainly dark, milk, and white chocolate to create delicious bars, small seasonal treats, and filled chocolates for selection boxes

Milk Chocolate: A Sweet Classic

Milk chocolate holds a special place in the hearts of many chocolate enthusiasts. In the UK and EU, it must contain a minimum of 25% cocoa solids to be classified as milk chocolate. This delightful creation emerged in the 1800s when milk was introduced to the original bitter chocolate concoction. Today, it forms the foundation of countless beloved chocolate bars and truffles enjoyed worldwide.

Dark Chocolate: The Purest Indulgence

Dark chocolate, often considered the "purest" form of chocolate, ranges from 50% to a full-bodied 100% cocoa solids. The 70% cocoa variety stands as a popular choice, offering a harmonious blend of richness and intensity. Beyond its delectable taste, dark chocolate comes with a host of health benefits. It's typically dairy-free and vegan-friendly, making it a versatile choice for a wide range of chocolate lovers.

White Chocolate: A Delicate Delight

While some may debate whether white chocolate deserves the title of "real" chocolate, it undeniably shares the same cocoa family. In the UK and EU, it must contain a minimum of 20% cocoa butter to be legally considered white chocolate. Its characteristic ivory/off-white colour comes from this high cocoa butter content. If you ever come across an ‘exceptionally white’ white chocolate, it's likely due to the addition of colouring, which is permitted in some countries.

Ruby Chocolate: A Unique Culinary Experience

Introduced to the world by Barry Callebaut in 2017, ruby chocolate is a true innovation. Made from cocoa beans with a reddish hue and a distinct sour/fruity flavour, it's a departure from traditional chocolate experiences. The secret lies in a specialized fermentation process that imparts the chocolate with its captivating pink hue.

A Chocolate Selection Box: A Symphony of Flavours

A selection of filled Harry Specters chocolates surrounded by some of their raw ingredientsWe currently have 36 different flavours ranging from classic comforts to exotic new combinations, such as our award-winning Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel or our Vegan Dark Orange.

In the world of chocolate, a selection box is your passport to an extraordinary taste adventure. It allows you to experience a whole spectrum of chocolate varieties and flavour combinations. Whether you're drawn to the comforting embrace of milk chocolate, the intense allure of dark chocolate, the delicate charm of white chocolate, or the unique experience of ruby chocolate, a selection box has something for every palate.

So go ahead, treat yourself to a box of assorted chocolates. You're not just savouring a sweet delight; you're experiencing a masterpiece crafted with love and expertise. Happy indulging!

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