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I've looked through the ingredient labels of cheap candy bars, and quality baking white chocolate chips alike, and have been unable to find any milk-less white chocolate, they all contain either milk fat, skim milk, or dry milk.

Has anyone seen vegan white chocolate before, or is it even possible to make?

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Vegan white chocolate does exist; google "vegan white chocolate" and you will find options. I cannot vouch for the flavor. –  SAJ14SAJ Mar 24 '13 at 23:02

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White chocolate by regulation is at least 3.5% milk fat and 14% milk solids. As far as I know, the EU uses the same definition as the FDA (US).

So, nothing vegan can legally be sold as "white chocolate".

That said, there are a great many non-dairy white chocolate substitutes, usually made with any combination of soy milk, maltodextrin, vanilla, and saturated/hydrogenated fat (palm oil, shortening, etc.), among other ingredients/additives of course.

They don't taste the same as real white chocolate, but then again, white chocolate isn't real chocolate to begin with, so it can't hurt to experiment with some of the products out there - which can be easily sourced with a Google search, as one of the comments indicates.

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Nice catch, I did not realize we had standards of identity white chocolate. –  SAJ14SAJ Mar 25 '13 at 0:33
    
I didn't know there were regulations for chocolate - thanks for the prompt answer! –  Celesol Mar 25 '13 at 2:00

White chocolate in it's purest form is manufactured from cocoa butter. Min. content must be 26% cocoa butter fat, milk fat and milk solids, vanilla & lecithin emulsifiers. White confectionery on the other hand is vegetable fat substituted for the cocoa butter which is misleadingly labeled "chocolate". So I guess as long as the white chocolate is made from cocoa butter it can also be made from other non dairy ingredients perhaps. Although I haven't personally seen, tried or heard of any. But to label it chocolate it HAS to have the cocoa butter as it's melting property and not vegetable fat.

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You can make your own- just look online for recipes

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I suppose this sort of answers the question ("yes, it's possible to make") but without any actual information here, it's not terribly useful. We want detailed answers that don't leave people on their own to go find the full answer elsewhere - especially because in this case, while it's possible to make, it's definitely not easy to get it right. –  Jefromi Mar 31 '13 at 1:37

You can make your own vegan white chocolate by using raw cacao butter + some vegan powdered sugar + a little vanilla + some coconut oil (so it doesn't solidify at too low a temperature).

  1. Melt 1/2 cup raw cocoa butter in the microwave - be gentle - cycle on/off 20 second increments.
  2. in a stand mixer, blend 1 cup Vegan powdered sugar and 1 tsp Vanilla (also 1/4 tsp salt if desired)
  3. Add 1 TBSP melted coconut oil
  4. Mix until blended together.
  5. pour in molds to cool, or alternately pour on a piece of parchment paper and let cool, then break into pieces.
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