Is white chocolate really considered chocolate?
Not so much. While dark and milk chocolate both contain cocoa butter and cocoa solids, white chocolate contains only cocoa butter, combined with sugar, vanilla, milk products and lecithin (an emulsifier). Both of these cocoa byproducts come from cacao nibs (the remnants of fermented, dried, roasted and crushed cacao beans) that have been ground into a paste, or a liquor of sorts, that is then divided into cocoa butter and the more flavorful cocoa solids. So while white chocolate contains cocoa butter, it lacks the deeper, more familiar chocolate taste.