How to Store Chocolate

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If you are a cheap skate like me, you’ve already rushed out to the store today to purchase all the reduced price bunny or egg-shaped chocolates. It is the day after Easter and I have already done my fair share of chocolate bargain shopping and still have spare change for some coffee.

What is the best way to store chocolate? I’ve never really thought about it and tend to leave them in the drawer where it is not too hot or too cold. It’s never too late to learn the right way!

I came across this article about how to store chocolate. The following is a short summary based on the post, just in case you’re too lazy to click to the other site 😀

  1. Eat them while they are fresh – buy chocolate in the amounts that you are likely to consume.
  2. Keep them cool – best temperature would be 65-68°F (18-20°C) and at low humidity. Dark chocolate generally lasts a year, milk and white chocolate lasts six months.
  3. No sun, no air – Chocolate melts in the sun and oxidation changes the taste of chocolate.
  4. Chocolate easily absorb other scents so keep them away from strong odours.
  5. Refridgerate chocolates in summer – keep chocolates tightly wrapped and let it come to room temperature before unwrapping.
  6. Absolutely too much chocolate? Freeze ’em! Leave them in the fridge for a day before moving them to the freezer to avoid temperature shock. To thaw them, follow steps in reverse!

So now that we know how to store chocolate properly, time to hit the stores and clear out the shelves of bunny shaped chocolates!

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