January 10th is National Bittersweet Chocolate Day.
Bittersweet chocolate is a dark chocolate with fat and sugar and no, or very little, milk. In the US, it must have at least 35% chocolate liquor (the ground or melted state of the nib of the cacao bean).
Bittersweet vs. Semisweet
There is no official difference. The US FDA regulations for both are the same: at least 35 percent chocolate liquor and less than 12 percent milk solids. Each manufacturer sets its own standard to differentiate between the two. However, semisweet is typically sweeter.
According to a report in The Journal of the American Medical Association‘s August 27th issue and a report by Mauro Serafini, PhD, of Italy’s National Institute for Food and Nutrition Research in the August 28th issue of Nature, dark chocolate contains antioxidants that lowers high blood pressure. Milk in the lighter chocolate interferes with the absorption of the antioxidants .
Not, that most people need an excuse to eat chocolate, but why not have a chocolate tasting today. Pick up a variety of dark chocolates and rate them.
Let us know your favorite brand!
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