Chocolate Substitute Warnings:
There are a few don'ts when substituting for chocolate
Don't substitute chocolate syrup (because it contains water) for melted chocolate.
Don't substitute instant cocoa mixes (because they contain powdered milk) for cocoa powder.
Chocolate Substitute Choices:
To better understand what to substitute for chocolate
, here's an explanation of what makes up each form of chocolate.
All chocolate begins the same - Cacao beans are roasted and shelled - but they are then processed into different varieties.
Unsweetened chocolate - is pure & natural chocolate liquor (not alcohol, that's just what the chocolate liquid is called when it is processed and separated from the fatty part of the bean). It's most often used in brownies.
Bittersweet chocolate - is 35% chocolate liquor, some cocoa butter has been added back in along with a very small amount of sugar.
Semisweet chocolate- this dark chocolate has some sugar and flavoring added. By U.S. standards it may contain between 15-35% chocolate liquor which make some brands of semisweet the same as bittersweet, depending on the manufacturer.
Semisweet Chocolate Chips - have a stabilizer added so they will hold their shape.
Baking chocolate - is either unsweetened or bittersweet chocolate (50-58% cocoa butter by US standards).
Milk chocolate - is made of chocolate, milk solids, sugar and vanilla (and/or other flavors).
Cocoa Powder- this powder is what's left after all the fat (cocoa butter) has been pressed from the chocolate.
White Chocolate - is only the cocoa butter portion of the bean which is then generally mixed with milk, sugar and salt. This type of chocolate is the fattiest and contains NO antioxidents because it contains none of the dark color solids from the bean.
Remember, when making substitutions be sure to measure accurately for best results. Some chocolate substitutes or cocoa powder substitutes may alter slightly the taste, texture, weight, or moisture content of the finished product. These recommendations are meant to save you a trip to the store during your cooking process.
*Please note that some chocolate substitute choices may not be appropriate for your specific recipe.