White Chocolate Substitute

White Chocolate. Photo © Erin Huffstetler
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Have a recipe that calls for white chocolate baking squares or white chocolate chips, but don't have any on hand? You may be able to save yourself a trip to the store, if you use one of these substitutes in its place.


  • Another form of white chocolate or milk chocolate


Option 1: If the recipe calls for white chocolate chips, and all you have is white chocolate baking squares, or vice versa, just swap in an equal amount of the one that you do have. This will keep the color and flavor of your recipe the same.

Chocolate chips often have stabilizers added to them to make them resistant to melting, so they won't melt as easily and smoothly as baking chocolate. This probably doesn't matter, if you're making something like brownies; but could be an issue if you're making candy or a chocolate sauce, where you need your chocolate to melt down to a thin, smooth consistency.

Chocolate chips tend to be kind of thick and clumpy when melted. Flip your bag of chocolate chips over, and look at the ingredient list. If vegetable oil is listed as an ingredient, your chips will be resistant to melting. If you don't see vegetable oil on the list, your chips should melt as smoothly as a bar of baking chocolate. Cheap brands of chocolate usually have more filler ingredients, and are therefore, more resistant to melting. You really do get what you pay for, when it comes to chocolate.

How to Measure Out Your Substitute

If you have a kitchen scale, weigh your replacement out in ounces. If you don't, 1-1/4 cup of chocolate chips is roughly the equivalent of an 8-oz bar of baking chocolate.

Option 2: If you don't have any white chocolate in your pantry, replace the white chocolate called for in your recipe with an equal amount of milk chocolate. This will change the color/look of your recipe, but will give you the closest flavor match.

Like white chocolate, milk chocolate is made from cocoa butter, milk and sugar. It just has the additional ingredient of cocoa solids.

What is White Chocolate Anyway?

It may surprise you to learn that white chocolate isn't really chocolate at all. That's because it doesn't contain any cocoa solids. It's made from cocoa butter instead.

This is what gives it its white color. In addition to the cocoa butter, white chocolate contains milk and sugar, and may contain other sweeteners and flavorings, like vanilla.

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