Ah, dark chocolate – a mix of rich cocoa notes, silky textures, and decadent aroma. Its alluring complexity tantalizes taste buds and ignites a debate that echoes through the kitchens of chocolatiers, food scientists, and health enthusiasts alike: can dark chocolate treat truly exist without the controversial ingredient, lecithin?
For decades this natural emulsifier has played a supporting role in dark chocolate production. Its primary function is to bridge the gap between the hydrophobic cocoa butter and hydrophilic sugar and milk components to ensure a smooth, glossy finish, controlled snap, and resist any unwanted bloom.
However, the emerging trend for clean-label products and satiating the evolving dietary needs has cast a spotlight on lecithin, raising the question: can dark chocolate truly shine without lecithin?
Let's find out in this latest post.