One of the most asked questions by chocolate lovers is: how do I store it?
Because there’s nothing more frustrating than finding out your chocolate has bloomed. Or that it just doesn’t taste as good as on the first day.
Luckily, keeping your chocolate fresh is fairly simple if you know how. And we’ll show you the tips and tricks of storing chocolate below.
Tips for Storing Your Chocolate
1. Don’t refrigerate your chocolate
Although you might be tempted, resist any urges to keep your chocolate in your fridge! There are two reasons why.
First, chocolate is brilliant at absorbing other flavours and aromas. So if you’ve got last night’s take out stored in there, the odours will transfer. Your chocolate will taste of the other items in your fridge.
Second, chocolate is sensitive to temperature fluctuations. Exposing the chocolate to warm temperatures after it’s been refrigerated will cause sugar bloom.
Why? Because when moisture settles on the chocolate’s surface the sugar will rise to the top and dissolve. As the moisture evaporates the sugar crystals are left at the top – which is why your chocolate will have a white, dusty appearance.
Sugar bloom affects the texture and taste of the chocolate.
2. Store in a cool, dry place
The perfect place to store your chocolate is in a dry, cool and dark place. Ideally, the temperature should be around 15°C to 18°C (59°F – 64°F). Most importantly, the temperature needs to be constant.
An ideal place for keeping chocolate is in an odourless tin or box within the pantry.
3. Seal in an air-tight container
Keep your chocolate in an air-tight container to it from odours or moisture. The cocoa butter in chocolate takes on the aromas of nearby objects. That’s why it’s a bad idea to keep your chocolate where you keep your coffee.
Some chocolate bars come in resealable packaging. If it doesn’t, then we recommend using a ziplock bag to keep the chocolate fresh.
4. Keep away from light
Any kind of light, natural and artificial, will cause your chocolate to oxidize. Moreover, direct sunlight will cause the chocolate to heat up and melt.
Pro tip: Use a wine-cooler
This one’s for the real chocoholics. The ones that have serious chocolate stashes hidden away at home.
Wine-coolers are used by wine lovers to keep the temperature constant in a dark and dry place. Guess what? That’s exactly what chocolate needs.
You can get get a small wine cooler for under $100 (£80) to use at home. Take a look at the table below!