Freezing Chocolate

by JB

I was wondering about freezing chocolate.


I bought way too much choc to dip pretzels for Christmas. I did not do as much as I usually do and was wondering if I can freeze it, and if so for how long?

I usually run out of it but this year I over purchased.

Thanks.






Hi JB,

Yes, you can freeze chocolate, but it really isn't necessary when you are talking about plain chocolate that you use for dipping chocolate covered pretzels, etc.

You can simply store the chocolate in an airtight container at room temperature away from other things that have strong smells.

Chocolate has a very long shelf life and can be kept for years. In fact, you can even store and re-use chocolate that has been melted but not used. Just re-melt it when you are ready to use it again.

Freezing chocolate is okay, too, but it tends to get 'bloom' from the freezer (when the fat and/or sugar separates). If you are only planning to use the chocolate for melting in the future, the bloom won't matter as it goes away when you melt the chocolate.

Hope that helps! Happy New Year!
~Angie





Jennifer

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Oct 28, 2009
Freeze Chocolate
by: Angie

Hi Diana,

I think you could safely freeze mini peanut butter cups for a few months. To be honest, I've frozen and eaten Reese cups over a year later. (I was out of the country). :)

It's embarrassing to admit that, but I adore chocolate and can eat my favorites in almost any condition.

If you were planning to use the peanut butter cups in a recipe where you were baking them, I don't think you would have any worries at all, because they would melt and be really yummy.

If you were planning to defrost the peanut butter cups and use them as is, they may become discolored and won't be as attractive.


Oct 28, 2009
Chocolate Mini Peanut Butter Cups
by: Diana

How long can you store baking Mini Peanut Butter Cups in the freezer before you have to use them?

Thanks,

Diana

Jun 05, 2009
Heart Shaped Peanut Butter Cups
by: Angie

Hi Karen,

The heart shaped peanut butter cups are a very cute idea! You should be able to make them anytime between now and the big day without having problems with freshness.

Is your home air conditioned? If so, your best option is to store them at room temperature in an airtight container. You don't want to store the chocolate covered peanut butter cups near anything with a strong odor, like scented candles or onions, etc. Otherwise, they'll absorb the smell - not nice.

If your house isn't air conditioned, then you'll have to worry about the temperature changes and discoloration. If it gets too warm, the chocolate will melt some and you could end up with "bloom" when it re-sets.

Maybe you have a friend or family member who has a cool home where you can store them.

Yes, you could freeze the chocolate peanut butter cups, but you will have to be concerned about bloom from the condensation that develops when you thaw them. Sometimes you won't have problems and other times you will. For such an important event, I wouldn't want to take the chance.

If you feel you must freeze, wrap them well, put them in an airtight container, and wrap the container well also.

When you defrost them, leave it wrapped until fully defrosted so that it comes to room temperature gradually and covered to cut down on the condensation build up.

Hope the wedding is a gorgeous event. Congratulations and best wishes!

~Angie

Jun 04, 2009
another question........
by: karen

I am getting married on july 22, 2009 and I am making heart shaped peanut butter cups for each guest to take home. I have a lot to make and wanted to get started early, but I am worried about freshness. How early can I make them to ensure no problems, color changes, etc. Also, after they are made, where do I store them?

Feb 08, 2009
Leftover candy works great in cookies
by: Angie

I tend to get carried away when it comes to chocolate, too, especially when it is on sale! :)

Leftover candy works great in cookies, cakes, cupcakes, etc. Just cut it up in pieces and throw it in the batter.

Freezing chocolate for that type of usage is a good idea. It probably will prolong the freshness, and you don't have to worry about the bloom.

I'm jealous! :) Have fun!

Feb 08, 2009
THANKS
by: ANGIE


I THINK I GOT CARRIED AWAY WITH THE BIG SALE. HOPE TO USE IT IN COOKING SOMETHING . I THOUGHT FREEZING MIGHT HELP PROLONG THE FRESHNESS.
THANKS FOR YOUR QUICK RESP0NCE

Feb 08, 2009
You Can Freeze Chocolate
by: Angie

Hi Joan,

Sure you can freeze chocolate that you bought on sale after Christmas if you need to. You just need to be prepared for the possibility of some discoloration.

Are you planning on using the chocolate for gifts? That's the only real reason you would need to be concerned.

If you are just going to eat the chocolate yourself, give it to the kids, chop it up and use it in recipes, etc., I wouldn't worry about it.

I freeze chocolate all the time. Sometimes it gets a whitish bloom and sometimes it doesn't. If I know I'm just going to be using it as I described, I don't really care because it doesn't change the taste.

I think it was a great idea to take advantage of the after Christmas specials! :)

Feb 08, 2009
KEEPING CHOCOLATE FRESH LONGER
by: JOAN

I bought lots of chocolate after Xmas @ A CHEAP PRICE ,Was hoping to keep it fresh as long as I can . I always thought you could freeze it ! But I guess not .

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