Milk chocolate and dark chocolate differ in so many ways apart from how each tastes and the way they look. You can tell milk chocolate apart by its light brown shade and dark chocolate by its dark coffee colour. Other interesting differences include:
1) Calories: Which has more calories in your opinion? Did I hear you say milk? Get ready to be surprised. When 1 ounce of milk chocolate was compared to 1 oz of dark, it was found that the ounce of the dark variety had 7 calories more than its milky counterpart at 135 calories. This is obviously before adding any other specials like nuts or caramel. It’s the reason why doctors warn not to overindulge with dark chocolate as the health benefits could be jeopardised by becoming overweight. It is advisable not to eat more than a square a day according to health practitioners. At most, 29g or about an ounce a day should be the rule of thumb.
2) Production: Basically, milk chocolate is made by adding milk to the dark chocolate formula. So, how does the milk variety end up with less calories. Well, not all the cocoa is used when making milk chocolate. Milk chocolate is generally made with only a maximum of 50% cocoa content whereas dark ones would contain from 55% cocoa content but most top range ones contain at least 70% cocoa.
3) Benefits: Dark chocolate has more health benefits than milk chocolate mainly because it contains more cocoa. However, if you’re looking for health benefits you will need to avoid treats covered in marshmallow and caramel. The ideal when you plan to enjoy all the health giving properties is a plain dark chocolate bar. The high cocoa content means it contains antioxidants. When eaten as part of a healthy diet, dark chocolate has been proven to help reduce bad cholesterol levels, improve heart health and even improve blood sugar and insulin levels.