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We all know that heat and humidity don’t go well with chocolate, but we don’t want to give up our favorite treat during the summer. Luckily, we don’t have to! With a little TLC, we can keep the bars from softening and melting and continue to enjoy them even on a day at the beach.
Optimal conditions for Chocolate in the Summer
In summer, chocolate should be stored in a dark,dry place between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius. Make sure that it is kept out of direct light and that the humidity stays below 60%.
Most places don’t meet these requirements in summer, but I’m sure many of us have a cool pantry where we can store our chocolate.
In the Fridge
If you don’t have a cool place to store your chocolate then stick it in the fridge. Follow these tips to ensure that the low temperatures don’t ruin your chocolates original flavor:
Wrap it in aluminum foil or plastic wrap well, you can also use an airtight container. This way it will not absorb the smells of the surrounding food.
Place it on the upper shelves, the temperature is usually a little higher up there: just enough to keep the chocolate perfect!
Don’t forget to take it out of the fridge at least 15 minutes before eating it: chocolate when allowed to sit at room temperature returns to its natural flavor and texture quickly.
Have you ever noticed how chocolate is sometimes covered in whitish spots? Well, this is due to the fat-bloom effect. It occurs when we subject chocolate to too high temperatures: the cocoa butter rises to the surface producing this color change.
Although it might not look as appetizing, it is totally safe to eat.
Fancy an ounce of chocolate on the beach or after a strenuous hike? Of course you do! But, how?
Before packing your chocolate make sure to wrap it in aluminum foil. Then place it in your cooler or leave it near a cold bottle of water to prevent it from melting.
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