The television show PBS Test Kitchen features taste tests of products to determine the best brand in that category. In each episode, a new product is featured. In the episode called White-Chocolate Mousse Cake, the professionals taste tested white chocolate. The host Christopher Kimball samples the product that taste testers have already tested.
The Brands Compared
The taste test portion of PBS Test Kitchen compared four different brands of white chocolate. The taste test of white chocolate compared the following brands and types of imitation and real white chocolate:
– E. Guittard White Chocolate
– Ghirardelli Classic White Chips
– Guittard Choc-Au-Lait White Chips
– Baker’s Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares
For the taste test, real and imitation white chocolate chips or discs were tasted by the show’s host. White chocolate mousse was prepared for the taste testers.
A Few Facts About White Chocolate
The product white chocolate isn’t technically chocolate because it doesn’t contain cocoa solids. It does contain cocoa butter. To be called white chocolate, a product has to have 20 percent cocoa butter. There are imitation white chocolate products that don’t have that much cocoa butter; sometimes the imitations don’t contain any cocoa butter; they contain palm kernel oil and other oils in combination or instead of the cocoa butter.
“White chocolate goes rancid incredibly quickly,” according to PBS Test Kitchen.
The Results of PBS Test Kitchen Taste Test — White Chocolate
For the white chocolate taste test, an imitation won over the real white chocolate contenders. Winning characteristics of the Guittard Choc-Au-Lait White Chips was its creaminess and it was found to be not too sweet. The winner contains pure vanilla extract but has partially hydronated palm oil and some cocoa butter but is an imitation white chocolate.
In second place was the E. Guittard White Chocolate. The Ghirardelli Classic White Chips came in third, and bringing up the rear was the Baker’s Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares.
More PBS Test Kitchen Taste Tests
Read about more PBS Test Kitchen taste tests:
PBS Test Kitchen — Taste Tests Dark Chocolate Chips
PBS Test Kitchen — Taste Tests Vanilla Extracts