In Defense Of Milk Chocolate, The Underdog Of The Chocolate World

Whatever happened to milk chocolate? In recent years, everybody seems to be siding with dark chocolate, leaving milk out in the cold. Everywhere you look, people are singing dark chocolate's praises, from its potential to prevent heart attacks and strokes to its mood-boosting properties to its beauty benefits.

Milk chocolate, which contains milk powder or condensed milk, is actually a relatively recent invention in the long history of chocolate. In 1867, Swiss chemist Henri Nestlé developed powdered milk, and 12 years later Swiss chocolate manufacturer Daniel Peter combined it with chocolate liquor. Milk chocolate was born and the chocolate industry and Valentine's Day hasn't been the same since.

We admit, many of us here at HuffPost Taste prefer dark chocolate to milk. We are, however, also fans of milk, and since today is National Milk Chocolate Day, we feel it's only fair to give milk chocolate its due.

Here are 11 reasons milk chocolate might just be better than dark chocolate.

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