Before we get into this dairy free white chocolate guide, let us first clear the air about a few things so that there is no confusion: 1). Yes, we all realize that white chocolate is not actually chocolate; 2). Yes, we all realize that taking the dairy out of said white chocolate can be an oxymoron to some; and 3) Yes, we all can conclude that just because this is dairy free by no means is this a healthy food. Can we all agree to these terms and move on in a mature way? Great, I knew you would be okay with that. If you do have an issue with numbers 1-3 then this post really is not for you because you can probably ingest regular ol’ white chocolate without a problem and to that, we tip our hats to you and say “G’day!” Now for those of us who cannot do so, either due to allergy to dairy or have a moral issue with it, stay put. This is about to get good…
I truly enjoy using dairy free white chocolate in my recipes. It adds such a fun option and touch (especially when used like this) but one of the most common questions is just where on God’s green earth does one even find dairy free white chocolate chips? The answer, as it always is, is the internet but let’s dig a little deeper! I wanted to share with you the variety of nondairy white chocolate that is out there, what to be aware of, and which one, in my opinion is the best. So without further ado, let us chat about the three different forms that I have found and used:
White Baking Chocolate Coins
Brand(s): King David Easy Melt White Baking Chocolate Coins
Taste: This was my favorite flavor out of the three options. It was almost a tie between these and the Polar Dream chocolate bars but after extensive research I concluded this to be of superior taste. Creamy, smooth, almost exactly the same in flavor to real white chocolate, this is a great choice if you are looking a comparable taste.
Texture: Melts like a dream!
Downside: When you add all natural food coloring, it firms up. You will need to add 1 teaspoon of shortening or coconut oil per 1/4 cup melted white chocolate in order to smooth it out.
Where to Buy: I prefer Amazon because you get a good deal: 3 containers for $12.50 (worth every penny!)
Allergen Warning: Contains soy
Overall Score: 8. The only issue I have with this dairy free white chocolate is the fact that it gets a weird texture once you add food coloring to it but would be PERFECT for a recipe like this one and this one.
White Chocolate Chips
Brand(s): Lieber’s, King David Kosher, Oppenheimer Kosher
Taste: Definitely the least favorite, these chips, when eaten alone are of waxy texture and taste a little off, leaving a strange taste in the mouth.
Texture: When melted these chips are definitely not as smooth as the other options, making them very difficult to use as an option for coating. You will need to use a good teaspoon of shortening or coconut oil per 1/4 c. chocolate chips in order to create a smoother consistency.
Downside: Taste. Also you will need to add shortening to the melted mix as the melted version tends to be very thick.
Where to Buy: When I am in a bind, I can find Lieber’s at my local grocery store in the Kosher section or you can buy online here. For King David Kosher white chocolate chips, you can purchase here. For Oppenheimer, here.
Allergen Warning: Manufactured in a facility that processes wheat so there might be a chance for cross-contamination. Also contains soy.
Overall Score: 5
White Chocolate Bars
Brand(s): Milkless Polar Dream White Chocolate Bar
Taste: As said previous, this was one of my top picks, just coming in shy behind the White Baking Chocolate Coins. These are still a great option with a nicely smooth, cocoa buttery taste but can be a little on the sweeter side.
Texture: This bar tends to be much thinner when melted than any of the other options. This can be bothersome because if you are trying to coat something with it, you will either have a very weak layer or you will need to coat several times.
Downside: Melts very thin and when all natural food coloring is added, it doesn’t fully incorporate into the melted chocolate (looks grainy).
Allergen Warning: Though gluten free and vegan, these still contain soy.
Overall Score: 7
The winner, in my opinion, is King David’s White Baking Chocolate Coins.
Unfortunately there is no dairy free white chocolate option that is soy free so if you do have a soy allergy, I’m sorry! Fear not however, you can always take a stab at this homemade raw white chocolate coating. It does contain cashews, however. Check out all of these recipes that are made with dairy free white chocolate
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