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How To Store Your Stash

Posted on May 25, 2011 9:44 AM by Allison

It’s a reoccurring question – especially this time of year.  Our customers will call us up and say “I just received a shipment, help! How do I store my truffles so they stay fresh?” or “It’s 90 degrees here, how to I keep my Five Star Bar supply from melting?”

And we say “Good question!”



Here at Lake Champlain Chocolates, we monitor not only the temperature, but the humidity levels in our factory, warehouse and all of our stores to make sure the chocolate tastes just as good when it reaches the shelf, as it did right after it was made.  We also have strict rules, prohibiting employees from wearing perfumes or strong-smelling shampoos, lotions, etc.  Chocolate will absorb that lavender scent, and then, you get lavender-flavored chocolate.  We’re adventurous, but not that adventurous.

So, while we go to great measures to monitor the environment our chocolate lives in with us, once it enters the world, it’s a little trickier to keep tabs on all of our bars, squares and handcrafted delights.  We have some golden rules for you to follow when storing your chocolate at home.

Rule #1: Don’t put your chocolate in the refrigerator.  Please.  Like absorbing perfume, chocolate will absorb the odors of your fridge.  Such as that leftover Chinese food.  No one wants General Tso’s Chocolate.  The fridge is also very humid.  Humidity will cause bloom on chocolate – the white haze that can affect the appearance of chocolate.  Let’s steer clear of that too.

Rule #2: Don’t put your chocolate in a pantry with lots of grains or fruits that will draw pests.  Moths like chocolate just like they like old cereal and boxes of rice.

Rule #3: Don’t put your chocolate near a heat source.  Like on top of the freezer, near a kitchen light or on a sunny window sill.  Because we use pure cocoa butter to make our chocolate smooth and creamy, it will begin to melt at about 68 degrees.  And while I’m talking numbers, the ideal humidity level is between 45%-55%.



Where can I store my chocolate?  How about in a cool, dark cupboard.  I keep my stash tucked in a deep serving bowl in a cabinet that only houses plates and bowls only – no food.  It’s away from odors, not humid (and hidden for those times where a covert indulgence is a necessity).  Or in the freezer?  We recommend putting chocolate in an air-tight container before tucking it away next to the ice cream and frozen peas.  Just bring it to room temperature in that container before you open it.

 

Here you go!  A few simple rules to follow and you can make sure your Lake Champlain Chocolates stash stays as fresh and tasty as it did when you received it.


Chocolate Tips - How to Store Chocolate

Posted on October 6, 2008 10:02 AM by Admin

Its’ that time of year when people are visiting from out of state and buying lots of chocolate. So, inevitably, the question about how to store chocolate arises. Many people still think they should store it in the refrigerator while others aren’t aware that it is possible to freeze it. While we recommend you eat your chocolate at its peak freshness, aka, as soon as possible, I thought I’d share with you info on storing chocolate. This comes directly from our homepage http://www.lakechamplainchocolates.com/. For those of you wondering about the best way to store your chocolate, I hope this helps.

Tips for Storing Your Chocolates

"Store them?" you ask, "I'm just going to eat them!" Yes, but if you need to store your chocolates, there are a few things you should know:

DON'T REFRIGERATE! Chocolates absorb odors very easily. Also, excessive moisture in the fridge can cause sugar bloom, meaning the sugar rises to the surface, causing discoloration.

Chocolates need a cool, dry place away from sunlight and strong odors. When chocolates are kept at a consistent temperature less than 70°F with humidity less than 55%, the cocoa solids and cocoa butter emulsion will stay stable for months. Solid milk chocolates will last nine months and dark chocolates will last for a year. Filled chocolates, such as truffles, will last about four months.

If you need to keep chocolates for a longer period of time, we recommend freezing them in an airtight container. When you're ready to eat them, allow them to thaw inside the container before enjoying. Opening the container before they thaw will expose them to the air and cause them to bloom and/or perspire.

And for maximum enjoyment, always eat chocolate at room temperature, especially truffles.

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