semi·​sweet ˌse-mē-ˈswēt How to pronounce semisweet (audio)
: slightly sweetened
semisweet chocolate

Examples of semisweet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hazelnut-Mocha Sauce: Prepare as directed, except stir in 1/4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread with the semisweet pieces and butter. Jan Miller, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Mar. 2024 The crisp chocolate versions are about eight inches in diameter and coated halfway with fine semisweet chocolate: a black-and-white cookie meets matzo. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2024 Many chocolate chip cookie recipes call for semisweet chocolate chips, which technically fall under the umbrella of dark chocolate. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 6 Mar. 2024 Get the recipe: Classic Hot Chocolate The recipe takes mere minutes and uses just three ingredients, not including salt: milk, cocoa powder and semisweet chocolate. Olga Massov, Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2024 Instant chocolate pudding 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, semisweet or milk Add 36 chocolate cookies to a large zip-top plastic bag and crush, using a rolling pin or meat mallet, until fine crumbs form. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 26 Dec. 2023 Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies These cookies are studded with an attractive array of three different types of chocolate chips: dark or semisweet, milk and white. Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2023 Make chocolate mixture: Place condensed milk, bittersweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and espresso in a large microwavable bowl. Liv Dansky, Southern Living, 29 Nov. 2023 Joining the reishi mushrooms, touted for their ability to combat depression and fatigue, in the squares of organic, fair-trade semisweet chocolate are chamomile, L-Theanine, magnesium and zinc, all ingredients intended to promote healthy sleep patterns. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of semisweet was in 1943

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“Semisweet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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semi·​sweet ˌsem-i-ˈswēt How to pronounce semisweet (audio)
: slightly sweetened
semisweet chocolate
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