Storing chocolate properly is really important. If you don’t, you could impair the chocolate’s performance.
But did you know, you can store white chocolate for up to 12 months; milk chocolate for 18 months and dark chocolate for 24 months?
Getting the temperature right when storing chocolate
The ideal storage temperature for chocolate is between 55-65 degrees F.
Temperature variations may cause Sephra chocolate to ‘bloom’.
For example, if the chocolate is stored in a very warm place during summer months, it will ‘bloom’.
No, flowers won’t pop out, but the chocolate will develop a soft, whitish gray-colored layer, which is known as ‘chocolate bloom’.
This is normal and does not affect the taste of the chocolate and is not a sign of mold.
Just melt the chocolate as you normally would and go about your business.
Avoiding strong odors
Keeping your Sephra chocolate away from strong odors is imperative.
Make sure you have good ventilation in your storage areas and don’t store chocolate next to anything that may have a strong odor.
It goes without saying that smoking should not be allowed near chocolate products.
Sephra chocolate must also be protected against humidity.
Storing chocolate products on floors or against walls is a big no-no because this greatly increases the risk of humidity absorption.