Milk Chocolate is a creamy, sweet blend of chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, sugar, and powdered milk solids, usually with the addition of vanilla and lecithin. Milk Chocolate contains less chocolate liquor and more sugar than bittersweet and semisweet chocolate, and is therefore lighter in color, sweeter in taste, and higher in fat. Milk Chocolate cannot be substituted for bittersweet or semisweet chocolate in recipes. Milk Chocolate is available in a range of chocolate liquor percentages and as a couverture. Milk Chocolate is used in many desserts, confections, and pastries and is also enjoyed out of hand. If stored in the correct conditions, milk chocolate can be kept for ten months to one year. Though bittersweet and semisweet are growing in popularity, milk chocolate is still the preferred chocolate in America.