Chocolate needs little introduction or definition — it is world famous as a candy, dessert ingredient, hot drink, holiday gift, flavor, and common craving.

Roasted cacao beans make chocolate. If you say, "I want chocolate," this usually means a candy bar or piece of chocolate, though chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, and chocolate shakes all have chocolate as an ingredient. If someone tells you, "My living room is chocolate," don't get too excited — it means the walls are painted the same rich brown as the delicious treat.

Primary Meanings of chocolate

a food made from roasted ground cacao beans
a medium brown to dark-brown color
Full Definitions of chocolate

n a food made from roasted ground cacao beans

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baking chocolate, bitter chocolate, cooking chocolate
pure unsweetened chocolate used in baking and icings and sauces and candy
chocolate candy
candy made with chocolate
chocolate liquor
the liquid or paste that is produced when cocoa beans are roasted and ground; the basis of all chocolate
cocoa butter
the vegetable fat from the cacao that is extracted from chocolate liquor; the basis for white chocolate
cocoa powder
the powdery remains of chocolate liquor after cocoa butter is removed; used in baking and in low fat and low calorie recipes and as a flavoring for ice cream
bittersweet chocolate, dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate
chocolate liquor with cocoa butter and small amounts of sugar and vanilla; lecithin is usually added
chocolate that contains at least 32 percent cocoa butter
milk chocolate
chocolate made from chocolate liquor with sugar and cocoa butter and powdered milk solids and vanilla and (usually) lecithin; the most common form of chocolate for eating; used in chocolate candy and baking and coatings
white chocolate
a blend of cocoa butter and milk solids and sugar and vanilla; used in candy bars and baking and coatings; not technically chocolate because it contains no chocolate liquor
colloquial British abbreviation
chocolate bar
a bar of chocolate candy
Dutch-processed cocoa
cocoa powder treated with a mild alkalizing agent (such as baking soda)
jimmies, sprinkles
bits of sweet chocolate used as a topping on e.g. ice cream
a flat disk of chocolate covered with beads of colored sugar
chocolate kiss
a kiss that consists of a conical bite-sized piece of chocolate
Type of:
food, solid food
any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment

n a beverage made from cocoa powder and milk and sugar; usually drunk hot

cocoa, drinking chocolate, hot chocolate
Type of:
beverage, drink, drinkable, potable
any liquid suitable for drinking

n a medium brown to dark-brown color

burnt umber, coffee, deep brown, umber
Type of:
brown, brownness
an orange of low brightness and saturation

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