from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having a small amount of sweetening.

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  • adjective Partially sweet or sweetened but having a distinct bitter component. Especially used to describe dark chocolate which is much less sugary than milk chocolate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having a taste that is a mixture of bitterness and sweetness


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  • Semisweet chocolate has 50%-69% cacao content (or 15% chocolate liquor by weight).

    July 8, 2010