Storing chocolate properly can be the difference between a delicious treat and a disappointing mess! Whether you are a chocolate lover or a chocolate maker, maintaining the right environment for chocolate is key to preserving its flavour and texture.
First, it's important to keep your chocolate away from light, heat and moisture. Exposure to any of these elements can cause your chocolate to melt, separate or develop an unappetising "bloom" (white spots or streaks). Store chocolate in a cool, dry place between 15-25 degrees, and never in direct sunlight or near a heat source.
Next, make sure to store your chocolate away from strong odors. Chocolate is particularly sensitive and can absorb the aromas of other foods or products, negatively affecting its taste.
When storing chocolate, consider using an airtight container or cling wrap to prevent moisture or air exposure.
Finally, remember our chocolate usually has a shelf life of 6 months (unless if it's truffles, which is usually a couple of months due to the cream). If you do have any "old" chocolate, the best way to savour them would be in a delicious hot chocolate! But more importantly, it is always best to consume after purchase!