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semisweet chocolate



semisweet chocolate (countable and uncountable, plural semisweet chocolates)

  1. (uncountable) Chocolate with a cocoa content greater than that of milk chocolate and lower than that of dark chocolate.
  2. (uncountable, US law) See quotation.
    • a. 1998, United States Code of Federal Regulations revised as of April 1, 1998, Title 21, Volume 2 and Chapter I, Part 163, Section 123 (21CFR163.123):
      clause (a) (3):
      Semisweet chocolate or bittersweet chocolate is sweet chocolate that contains not less than 35 percent by weight of chocolate liquor complying with the requirements of Sec. 163.111 and calculated in the same manner as set forth in paragraph (a)(2) of this section.
      clause (c), in part:
      The name of the food is “sweet chocolate”, “sweet chocolate coating”, “semisweet chocolate”, “semisweet chocolate coating”, “bittersweet chocolate”, or “bittersweet chocolate coating”, as appropriate.