Sunday, May 8, 2022

Milk Chocolate Chips vs, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

        If you have ever walked down the baking aisle of a supermarket, it can be a bit daunting and even confusing.  If you want to buy some chocolate chips to make something, do you know which kind to buy?  I will try to break things down for you and guide you so next time you can be confident in your purchases because when cooking with chocolate it is important to use the correct chocolate or else it could affect how your recipe turns out and can completely change the outcome, whether it is a dessert, candy, or whatever.

            I will be talking mainly just about milk chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips, with a brief touch on white chocolate.  The higher the cocoa content, the darker and more bitter the chocolate is and the less sweet it is. 


Milk chocolate chips.



     Milk chocolate chips are sweeter than semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Milk chocolate is not as bitter as dark chocolate; also milk chocolate has more sugar and milk solids. Because of the added milk in milk chocolate, the milk chocolate lightens flavors and makes things extra creamy and provides a smoother texture. 


Milk chocolate chips are perfect in pancakes, muffins, or any recipe that calls for chocolate chips but also contain peanut butter, caramel or even toffee.  If you add these to any recipe that has really bold flavors, it is better to use semi-sweet instead because the bolder flavor overwhelms the sweetness of milk chocolate so be sure to pair milk chocolate with milder flavors. 


Semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Notice how they are darker than milk chocolate chips.



Semi-sweet chocolate chips have about 60% of cacao in them.   You can use semi-sweet chocolate chips interchangeably in any recipe that calls for bittersweet chocolate because semi-sweet chocolate produces a deeper, richer flavor than milk chocolate.  Semi-sweet chocolate chips are a great all-purpose chocolate chip and perfect to keep on hand because they add a deeper depth of flavor that milk chocolate just does not have.  Semi-sweet chocolate goes great in recipes that contain coffee or fruit such as in my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake.




White chocolate is not really chocolate at all.  It has absolutely no cacao in it.  White chocolate is just cocoa butter and sugar. They are extremely sweet and go great in recipes that contain nuts and have a decent amount of salt to offset the sweetness.  They go perfect in white chocolate chip and cranberry cookies.


When it comes to cookies, milk chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips are interchangeable.  Use whichever one you want.  I often use half of milk chocolate chips and half semi-sweet chocolate chips and it makes any chocolate chip recipe even better.  Check out this recipe that I'm sure you'll love. 



 Either chocolate chip can also be used in my Chocoolate Chip Biscuit Recipe. or in my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.


I hope this article has proven helpful.  Thank you. 


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