semisweet or bittersweet chocolate means: This ingredient is often used in cookie and cake recipes. Although both terms can be interchangeably used, bittersweet usually has more chocolate liquor than paste made from ground, roasted cocoa beans. Semisweet chocolate has at most 35 grams of chocolate liquor while fine bittersweets can have 50. Both chocolates have a rich, creamy, and intense taste that is due to the cocoa beans being used instead of added dairy products. To enhance the flavor of chocolate, sugar, vanilla and cocoa butter should be added to liquor. (in Cooking Dictionary)