When it comes to storing chocolate, the general rule is not to keep it in the fridge. Unless necessary, like on a hot day. If you have to store chocolate in the refrigerator, be sure to seal it in an airtight container to avoid the chocolate from absorbing the smells and flavors around it.
You can also store it in the freezer, but it needs to be dethawed in the fridge for 24 hours. After the 24 hours have passed, allow the chocolate to warm to room temperature before eating, especially truffles.
The best way to store chocolate is in an airtight container in a cool, dry place such as the pantry. It’s also essential to keep it away from any light as light can affect how it tastes and looks.
So, how long will chocolate last if you properly store it?
Each type of chocolate has a different shelf life. Some last longer than others.
Milk chocolate stays fresh for a year, dark chocolate can last two years, and white chocolate has a short four-month shelf life.
Assorted chocolates are different, especially those with filled centers. These chocolates only last a few months.
Truffles are a different story as they need to be consumed within five days after opening. Regardless of proper storage.
You can store assorted chocolates in the fridge or freezer as long as you follow the exact instructions for regular chocolate. By doing this, assorted chocolates can last a year.
What happens when chocolate is exposed to moisture and heat?
Chocolate that has too much moisture will start to “bloom.” And there are two types of blooming, fat, and sugar.
Fat blooming is indicated by grey and white streaks on the chocolate and is the most common type of bloom. Fat blooming happens because the butter has separated from the other ingredients.
Sugar bloom happens when there is too much moisture in the chocolate. An indication of sugar bloom is a white coating on the chocolate.
Blooming doesn’t affect the chocolate. You can still bake with it and eat it. It just doesn’t look appealing to the eye.
When you follow proper storage instructions, your chocolate will last long.
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Visit our website for more information on our products. Or give us a call at (516)829-5785. We will answer any questions you may have. Contact Lazar’s today.