Top Tips on Storing Chocolate
So you bought your chocolate, now what? If you aren’t eating it all, there are several ways to store your gourmet chocolate to help keep it fresh and delicious for your next indulgence. Your chocolatier should be able to give you guidance on how to do. Below are some general tips for next big purchase.
- Keep it Fresh! Don’t buy more chocolate that you are expecting to eat in a short amount of time. This gives you less to worry about when storing it, and your local confectionary will practice the correct storage procedures for you.
- Keep it Cool! Chocolate should be stored in a cool, dry location; 65-68 degrees Fahrenheit is the optimal temperature range. Milk and white chocolate are best consumed within a 6-month period, and dark chocolate can be stored up to one year.
- Keep Away from light and air! Chocolate’s melting point is around 86 degrees Fahrenheit so it needs to be kept out of direct sunlight. When chocolate is exposed to oxygen and light it will oxidize and develop off flavors. Chocolate is also able to absorb other odors or flavors, so it is best to store it separate from other foods.
- Keep it out of the fridge! You do not need to refrigerate or freeze chocolate, in fact doing so will degrade the flavor and texture of your candy. If you do have to place in either the fridge or a freezer make sure you have wrapped your chocolate tightly and let it sit out to bring the temperature back to room temperature before unwrapping. If you have a large amount of chocolate and are unable to consume it within a reasonable amount of time you may choose to refrigerate them. Again you will want to wrap the chocolate tightly and if you choose to freeze your confection refrigerate it for a full 24 hours before moving to a freezer. Follow these steps in reverse when you are ready to eat.
Often we purchase with the intent of sharing it or consuming it in the near future. However, should you find yourself in a position where you just bought too much of your favorite chocolates, now you can properly store it. Visit Sinful Sweets often for the latest, and freshest, chocolate confections.