Today, we’re going to be answering the question: are white chocolate chips gluten free? And taking a look at the best gluten-free white chocolate chip brands. As well as looking at how to make the perfect gluten-free white chocolate chip cookies.
What Are White Chocolate Chips?
To put it simply, white chocolate chips are small pieces of white chocolate. They’re perfect to use in baking foods such as cookies or muffins. They’re usually very sweet and have a smooth and creamy texture.
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Ingredients Of White Chocolate Chips
The ingredients of white chocolate chips will vary slightly depending on which brand you buy and whether there are any additional flavorings. However, typical ingredients in white chocolate chips are:
- cocoa butter
- whole milk powder
- whey powder
Nutritional Value Of White Chocolate Chips
You may be curious about the nutritional information of white chocolate chips. Each cup of white chocolate chips contains the following nutritional value:
- Calories: 906
- Fat: 54g
- Cholesterol: 35mg
- Sodium: 150mg
- Carbs: 100g
- Dietary Fiber: 0.3g
- Sugars: 99g
- Protein: 9.9g
Are White Chocolate Chips Gluten Free?
The answer is most of the time. It’s important to always check the ingredients labels as every brand is different, but most white chocolate chips are considered gluten-free. While many brands do not contain any gluten ingredients, there may be a chance of cross-contact. Cross contact can occur when gluten products are made in the same area as non-gluten products. This would mean that they could not confirm the gluten-free status of every product.
This is why it’s always best to buy a brand that displays a clear gluten-free label, if and when possible.
Gluten Free White Chocolate Chip Brands
While most brands of white chocolate chips are considered gluten-free, let’s take a look at some of our top picks – especially when making white chocolate chip cookies!
- Lily’s Baking Chips. They offer a range of flavors, including White Chocolate Chip Style Baking Chips. They are a certified gluten-free brand, which makes them as safe as can possibly be for our lifestyle. Some of their other flavors include chocolate mint, butterscotch, and salted caramel!
- Pascha Chocolate Chips. Pascha has a few varieties of chocolate chips, including White Chocolate. This brand is organic, vegan, kosher, and gluten-free! This means their products are suitable for a range of dietary lifestyles.
White Chocolate Chip Gluten Free Cookies Recipe
If you’re looking for a gluten-free cookie recipe using white chocolate chips – then look no further. My go-to recipe is from The Loopy Whisk and they’re absolutely incredible. Let’s take a look at how to make these chewy, delicious cookies.
The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:
- 1 1/2 sticks of melted unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar (and two extra tablespoons)
- 1/3 cup of white sugar (and one extra tablespoon)
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups of plain gluten-free flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of gluten-free baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 5oz of white chocolate chips (use one of the gluten-free brands above)
Now all you need to do is:
Step 1: Make the Batter
Grab a bowl and add the two types of sugar, as well as the melted butter. Mix together until you have a creamy mixture. Once creamed, add the vanilla extract and egg. Be sure to mix well. In a separate bowl, sift the gluten-free flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt. Add them to the buttery sugar mixture until you have a dough.
Step 2: Refrigerate
Add 3/4 of the white chocolate chips to your batter and mix well amongst the dough. The white chocolate chips you’re saving are to place on the top of the cookies nearer the end. Using plastic wrap, cover the dough and keep it in the refrigerator for around an hour or two.
Step 3: Shape and Bake
Preheat your oven to 320F. Line a baking sheet (or two, depending on how many you’re making) with parchment paper. Divide the dough into balls of the same size and place them on your baking sheets. It’s best to leave a few inches of space – as they will grow in the oven! Bake in the center of the oven for around 15 minutes (slightly less if you like a gooey cookie).
Step 4: Decorate
Remove from the oven and press the spare white chocolate chips from earlier into your cookies. They’ll melt as the cookies start to cool down – and they’ll look and taste amazing!
Step 5: Enjoy!
Leave to cool on a wire rack (if you can wait that long!). Keep in an airtight container if not eating right away. They should last for around a week. Enjoy!
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I hope this article has helped to answer the question: are white chocolate chips gluten-free? And also gives you an idea of the best brands to opt for when it comes to shopping for gluten-free white chocolate chips. It’s super easy to find them gluten-free, and they should be available in all grocery stores.
Do you know of any other gluten-free brands? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!
What White Chocolate Chips are Gluten Free?
There are plenty of options to choose from, but our top picks are Pascha Chocolate Chips and Lily's Baking Chips, as they're both certified gluten free brands. You may also want to try Enjoy Life Morsels and Lakanto (which are a sugar free brand).
What are the Characteristics of White Chocolate?
The way in which I'd describe white chocolate is incredibly smooth and extra creamy. It's sweet with hints of vanilla running throughout. It's high in sugar and high in milk, which is why it has that creamy texture.
Is White Chocolate Actually Real Chocolate?
Technically speaking, white chocolate isn't "really" chocolate as it does not contain any chocolate solids. However, whether it's classed as chocolate or not - there's no doubt that it's incredibly tasty.