In this post, we’ll address the topic, “How long can you keep chocolate frozen?” as well as “How long can chocolate chips last?”
If you want to discover how to extend the shelf life of chocolate, keep reading.
How long can you keep chocolate frozen?
The shelf life of various kinds of chocolate
The shelf life of chocolate is determined by its content. The shorter the shelf life, the more milk there is. There are obvious changes in the look and perceptible alterations in the flavor of the chocolate after the best before date.
White chocolate is delicious.
Because white chocolate contains a lot of milk and cocoa butter, it is easily spoiled. So, if unopened, white chocolate will keep in the cupboard for approximately 6 months. It will keep longer if kept in the refrigerator. An opened package will keep in the pantry for approximately 4 months.
Because of the milk, milk chocolate has a particularly smooth and creamy feel. An opened bar of milk chocolate will keep in the pantry for one year, and even longer if stored in the fridge. Milk chocolate may only be stored in the pantry for 8-10 months after it has been opened.
Chocolate that is bittersweet
Bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate contains about 70% cocoa. Because less milk is used, it may last up to two years in the pantry or longer in the fridge if unopened.
Chocolate from Belgium
This fudgy delicacy contains approximately 35% cocoa and will keep in the cupboard for a week or two if unopened. Refrigerating it will prolong its shelf life to approximately 4-5 weeks. Freeze the Belgian chocolate to keep it fresh for up to two months.
Chips in chocolate
Chocolate chips will keep in the pantry for approximately 2-4 months if unopened. Its shelf life may be extended by storing it in the refrigerator for 6-8 months. Frozen chocolate chips may be stored in the freezer for up to two years.
Truffles or chocolates prepared by hand
It is not advised to store these fragile truffles in the refrigerator or freezer. They should be eaten within hours after purchase for the best flavor. They will, however, keep in the pantry for a week or two if unopened.
Cocoa powder is a very stable substance. It will progressively lose its taste intensity with time, but it will keep in the cupboard for approximately 3 years if unopened.
What is the shelf life of chocolate chips?
Dark chocolate chips with 70-80 percent cocoa can keep for approximately 2 years in the pantry (sealed) or freezer. Milk chocolate chips may be stored in the freezer or pantry (sealed) for up to a year.
Freezing sealed chocolate chips, on the other hand, has no discernible impact on shelf life. It drastically reduces the quality of your chocolate chips in terms of texture and appearance.
How should chocolate be stored to avoid spoilage?
Keep the chocolate away from moisture, extreme heat, temperature changes, and noxious smells. Temperature variations and humidity will cause the sugar to crystallize, resulting in sugar bloom. It destroys the chocolate’s smooth texture.
Similarly, heating the chocolate causes fat blooms, which occur when cocoa butter/fats separate from the sugar and crystallize.
In the refrigerator
Make sure your chocolate is securely wrapped before refrigerating it. It is advised to store it in an airtight container to avoid the humid atmosphere of the fridge affecting its freshness. It will help keep the chocolate from collecting unpleasant smells from the refrigerator.
We addressed the topic, “How long can you keep chocolate frozen?” and how long can chocolate chips last in this post.