Chocolate is one of the few great treasures of the world. Whether you have a supply of chocolate for holiday baking, making treats for the office, or just scarfing some down as you binge-watch your favorite shows, chocolate goes good with just about everything. One of the few things it doesn’t go with is the dreaded summer heat.
Luckily, Legacy Chocolates has a few ways to preserve your chocolate from the hot days of summertime!
1. Hide in Dark & Dry Areas
Two allies in storing chocolate are the darkness and lack of humidity. Humidity causes the fat and sugars in the chocolate to separate and then solidify again, ruining the consistency and taste quickly.
Your pantry is an excellent place to avoid any light touching your chocolate, while a refrigerator keeps it well below the maximum temperature threshold of around 60 degrees Fahrenheit. However, be sure to store the chocolate in a tin container or a plastic bag to seal it off from any moisture.
2. Cold Chocolate is Safe But Not Tasty
Storing your chocolate is priority number one. When it comes to eating it and keeping the chocolate in a freezer or fridge, be sure to allow it to warm up. Like most food and drink, freezing chocolate preserves it for longer but kills the smells and the flavor that comes along with it. So, be sure to let your chocolate thaw before enjoying it!
3. Shelf Life of Chocolate
The average shelf life for most chocolate clocks is around a year. After that point, chocolate ingredients lose their freshness and break down. If you buy top-notch chocolate treats like Legacy Chocolates, the lack of preservatives may quicken the process. So, if the chocolate in storage is nearing the year mark, you have the perfect excuse to gobble it all up and replace it soon!
4. Filled Chocolates
Chocolates with a filled center are more sensitive than regular chocolate products. So, if you don’t scarf all these filled chocolates down in one sitting, it’s best to store them in the fridge with an air-tight plastic seal to maintain their structure and freshness.
Visit Legacy Chocolates Today
Need the perfect wedding gift or other special occasions? Visit Legacy Chocolates. Feel free to shop online or visit us at the Historic Endicott Building in Downtown St. Paul today.
You can also give us a call at 651-340-5252!