White chocolate often divides opinions – you either love it or hate it.
If you’re someone who proudly claims white chocolate to be your favourite, you’ve been duped.
It turns out, white chocolate is not actually chocolate, though you’d be forgiven for thinking it was.
However, white chocolate is technically classed as a chocolate confectionery, not pure chocolate, as it doesn’t contain any chocolate solids, reports the Mirror .
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It's made using a blend of cocoa butter, sugar, milk products, vanilla and an emulsifier known as lecithin.
Food experts at Bon Appetit explained the distinction between chocolate and white chocolate.
They said: "When cocoa beans are removed from their pods, fermented, dried, roasted, cracked open, and their shells discarded, what results is a nib.
"Chocolate nibs are ground into a paste called chocolate liquor.
"Chocolate liquor can be separated into cocoa solids which provide the flavour, and cocoa butter, which is the fat."
They went on to state that a product must contain cocoa solids to qualify as chocolate – but white chocolate only has cocoa butter.
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Many have now discovered the fact, and have taken to social media to brand white chocolate “a lie”.
On Twitter, one person said: "So white chocolate isn't actually chocolate? The world is a lie!"
Another wrote: "White chocolate is a lie. It shouldn't be called chocolate. Fight me."
A third tweeted: "My life is a lie coz I thought that white chocolate was chocolate but it's not."