Beyond any emotional hurdles we face in the great sugary sentiment-fest that is Valentine’s Day, there’s another, unspoken hurdle: finding a way to tolerate white chocolate.
I know, I’m stepping into explosive territory. White chocolate’s a divisive issue, at least among those who regularly engage in heated cacao discussions. In truth I don’t even count myself among the haters. I just never found the stuff interesting. Maybe it’s the fault of second-rate, mass-market candy makers, who regularly sub in vegetable oil for the cocoa butter of the traditional white chocolate recipe, resulting in a waxier, less flavorful substance.
It might also have something to do with the total absence of chocolate flavor. We don’t call salad “leafy steak,” because we know there is no steak in it, and we don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up. White chocolate seems haunted by the ghost of what could have been.
White Chocolate Layer Cake with Apricot Filling and White Chocolate Butter Cream
This recipe calls for imported white chocolate—they’re trying to help you skirt the bad stuff. If you’re putting that much effort into building a four-layer cake, we say spring for it.
Chocolate Brownie Torte with White Chocolate Mousse and Caramelized Bananas
As we mentioned in our Top 5 Ridiculously Chocolaty Desserts, one way to exalt chocolate—even white chocolate—is to mousse-ify it.
Dark Chocolate Brownies with White Chocolate Chunks
Here, chunks of white chocolate act like a relief against the fudgy backdrop of a classic brownie. In a way, a bit of a scene-stealer.
White Chocolate Cookies n’ Cream Fudge
Some of our favorite flavors, like Cookies n’ Cream, depend on a smooth white chocolate canvas. Tip: opt for solid white chocolate cut into chunks, it has more creamy cocoa butter than the chips.
White Chocolate Almond Trifle
There’s something dainty about white chocolate. We submit as evidence this tidy trifle, layering raspberries, Champagne biscuits, slivered almonds and white chocolate cream.
White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins
One nice thing about white chocolate—it seems less sinful to eat it at breakfast.
White Chocolate Tartlets with Strawberries and Bananas
White chocolate marries well with fruit flavors. Not that anyone in their right mind is eating fruit on Valentine’s Day. But there’s a good chemistry there.
Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
Another good marriage—white chocolate and peppermint. Something about the cooling peppermint against the smooth backdrop of white chocolate works wonders, and we admit it.