It’s that time of year again. The holidays are upon us, and we must purchase gifts for friends and family. Should we get something practical or something yummy? Many times I do both. But then begins determining, what kind of treat do we get? Well, they say you can’t go wrong with chocolate. Only now you have to figure whether to get milk chocolate or dark chocolate. Dang, gift-giving can be difficult! Especially when the chasm between the two chocolates is so huge.
Since the mid-17th century, the debate between dark chocolate and milk chocolate has raged on and on. Opinions are as strong as those of politics. Each voice crying for their choice to be dominant. For this reason, I have decided to silence the argument once and for all.
Despite what my 13-year-old daughter says, dark chocolate is better; better because it contains more of the flavonoids, a special class of antioxidants found in the original cocoa bean. Milk chocolate is further refined and contains less of the original plant. Oregon State University defines Flavonoids as being a large family of compounds synthesized by plants that have a common chemical structure (Fig 1).