Which is better: milk chocolate or dark chocolate? | The Tylt
Which is better: milk chocolate or dark chocolate?
Milk chocolate is the superior chocolate variety, no question. The chief flavor in milk chocolate is sweetness, making it excellent both on its own and when paired with other foods. Sweet, smooth milk chocolate will always beat out dark. As Epicurious' Eric Gillin puts it:
Milk chocolate is a simple, straight-forward, big ol' block of fun. It's kinda dumb and likeable, the way golden retrievers are. Milk chocolate gets along with others. Like peanut butter and nuts and rice krispies and even raisins, which I usually eat around (unless they're covered with chocolate).
Gillin challenges readers:
Go out and buy a bar of milk chocolate and a bar of dark chocolate. Now find a four year old kid. No, seriously. Take your time. I'll wait.
Milk chocolate is simple where dark chocolate is mature. Not only is dark chocolate is filled with nutrients and antioxidants, but dark varieties simply offer a more elevated flavor experience.
Dark chocolate has a higher percentage of cocoa solids than milk chocolate and lacks ingredients like milk powder altogether. The result is a full-bodied chocolate with a hint of bitterness. Dark chocolate is best when enjoyed slowly, rather than inhaled like some milk chocolate candy bars.
Some say it is the bitterness in dark chocolate that makes milk chocolate the clear winner. As the Atlantic's Megan Garber proselytizes:
Do you enjoy being reminded that the treat (“treat”) you are eating has been extruded from a crushed-up plant? Do you prefer desserts that go out of their way to inform you that they have been composed of beans? Then by all means, enjoy your Milky Way Midnight or whatever it is, but we really have nothing left to say to each other, because dark chocolate is bitter and aggressive, and, in general, I prefer my guilty-pleasure indulgences when they do not systematically attack me in the mouth.
For Garber, the strange dedication to dark chocolate is nothing short of a conspiracy:
I assume a) that there is a chocolate lobby, and b) that it has been working for many years to brand the more cacao-heavy versions of its products as luxury items.
Some will simply never realize the beauty that is dark chocolate. Epicurious' Matt Duckor writes:
...chocolate should be chocolate–complex, intense, slightly bitter, and even a touch spicy. That's exactly what dark chocolate is. It's a full embrace. Milk chocolate, on the other hand, is just a friendly pat on the back.
Milk chocolate is a pale excuse for a wonderful flavor. Dark chocolate wins every time.
Not a hugging type? Try this: Milk chocolate is like a limp hand shake that just won't commit. Dark chocolate is a firm grip from a seasoned business pro or career politician–dark chocolate knows exactly who it is prepared to announce its arrival.