Can You Freeze Chocolate?
Can you freeze chocolate? You probably had a secret admirer/s from Valentine’s day who showered boxes upon boxes of chocolate of all types. It is good to indulge, but there is so much, you honestly could not eat them all in one sitting, never mind 2-3 months from now. Well, maybe there is no Romeo bringing tons upon tons of chocolate, but you may have a valid reason why you want to freeze this sweet treat. So is it possible? The answer is yes and below I am going to show you the right way to do it to ensure maximum freshness.
The Freezing Process
When it comes to freezing chocolate, the process is actually pretty simple. Before you go off and start freezing batches upon batches, you should consider why you are planning on putting them in the freezer in the first place. Chocolate has a really good shelf life. The shelf life of most milk chocolate is one year; for most dark chocolate, it’s two years. Once you keep it between 65 and 70°F, you should have no issue with it.
If you are still persistent and want to freeze them, then you need to be aware there is a possibility that the taste might slightly change. Also, if it is not defrosted properly, there is a chance the chocolate may develop a white or grayish filmy appearance.
How to Freeze Chocolate
Freezing chocolate is actually pretty easy and it should not
- If you have chocolate bars, you are already ahead of the game, as they are already wrapped. If you have a box of chocolate or other types, then you will want to wrap them.
- Whether bars or other types, you are going to want to take the plastic wrap and wrap it about three times, making sure it is fully covered.
- Once the plastic wrap is on, you will now want to take some aluminum foil and give it another layer of protection. You can wrap it 2-3 times with the foil.
- Once all the wrapping is completed, you can now take the chocolate and place it in a freezer bag or an air tight container.
- It is always a good idea to label the container/freezer bag with the date, just so that you get an idea when it went into the freezer.
How Do You Thaw Chocolate?
If you have chocolate sitting in the freezer, the best way to start it is to just let it defrost in the refrigerator for a couple of days. It is better to let it sit in the fridge and fully thaw out, than letting it sit there at room temperature. The excess moisture that will develop being out at room temperature, has the potentially to spoil the overall texture and taste of the chocolate.
Once it has been thawed (It take a couple of hours), you can now enjoy the sweet goodness just like when you first put it in.