Ask a Chocolatier: Should I keep my artisan chocolate confections in the refrigerator?

June 15th, 2012

So, we get this question a lot at our tastings and as the weather is just starting to warm up, we’d like to settle this one, once and for all.

The answer is a yes, you may, but you don’t have to or a yes, but only if.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • The refrigerator will help keep your chocolates fresher longer, especially truffles because they are made with cream.
  • However, as long as your home is reasonably air-conditioned this is not necessary. Artisan chocolate confections are safe to be stored at room temperature unless otherwise indicated.

If you refrigerate your chocolates, here are some rules of thumb:

  1. Never open the container or box of chocolates while the chocolates inside are still cold once you remove them from the fridge. Let them sit on the counter and come back to room temperature before opening. If your chocolates are colder than the air, you risk condensation (like a glass of iced tea on a summer day). Chocolate and water do not mix and your gourmet chocolates could become grey or grainy as they suffer from a condition called sugar bloom. More on this in another post.
  2. Always store your chocolates in a container, preferably airtight, so that your chocolates do not pick up the smells of your refrigerator.
  3. Don’t eat your chocolates cold, unless you like that sort of thing. The whole experience of chocolate confections is better at room temperature. Also, flavor profiles are different in cold and room temperature chocolate. As chocolatiers, we have created the recipes to taste best at room temperature.

Comment below if you have an other chocolate/ refrigerator storage questions!


Homemade Chocolate Sauce for Your Summer Sundaes

June 15th, 2012

When you love ice cream and you love chocolate, you know you simply can’t settle for store-bought chocolate sauce. It’s okay, we feel that way too.

We’ve been playing around in the kitchen and we have a recipe for you -try it and see what you think! (we added a spicy kick!)

Summer Sundae Chocolate Sauce

2 – 3 oz. Chocolate Bars (Dark Chocolate, natch)
1 can Evaporated Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 pinch of sea salt (half a pinch, if it’s table salt, but really, get sea salt)

On low heat, warm evaporated milk to a light simmer. Add chocolate and reduce heat. Stir from the center of the center of the pan until the chocolate has blended. Turn off the heat. Add vanilla and cinnamon. Stir again and enjoy!



Weekend Chocolate Recipe: Chocolate Bar Pudding

June 15th, 2012

The weekend is a great opportunity to get to the kitchen to try something new. This chocolate pudding is something we make at home all of the time – it’s easy and a crowd-pleaser!


2-3 chocolate bars* (dark, preferably, milk is ok too. We can’t vouch for white chocolate)
1/4 cup corn starch
2 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar, dump out a little if you are using milk chocolate bars
1 teaspoon vanilla

* 2 large bars or 2 -3 if there are small. Whichever chocolate bar you like best. If you add a flavored bar, then “Voilà!” you have flavored pudding.

To make:

Pour your milk, cream, sugar, and corn starch into a saucepan on low-medium heat. Let that mixture cook for about 8-10 minutes. Stir enough to avoid burning. You’ll know it’s ready when it starts to get thick and almost frothy. When you stir around with your spatula, it should be covered in white frothiness when you take it out of the saucepan. turn your heat way down. Throw in the bars. Stir from the center until they are fully incorporated. Turn off the heat entirely. Stir in your vanilla. Pour into your vessel and refrigerate for about an hour. We always make a double batch (yum) and make it in a large baking pan. But then, we like a lot of pudding skin.

Let us know how it goes!

Our New Year’s Resolutions

January 1st, 2012

Happy New Year! At Double Premium Confections, we are excited about the possibilities 2012 brings- here’s our list of new year’s resolutions:

  1. Introduce even more people to Double Premium Confections. This one might seem obvious, but it’s special to us because we really love meeting new people and we get the biggest thrill out of seeing people go crazy over our chocolates and treats. This year we resolve to host more tastings, get our chocolates into more neighborhoods, and to make even more wonderful connections with our fellow chocolate-lovers!
  2. Develop more creative, fun, and natural flavors for our chocolates. We meet some pretty adventurous foodies at our tastings and we resolve to keep it exciting this year and to keep rolling out new flavors. Don’t worry- our favorites aren’t going anywhere!
  3. Share more about Double Premium Confections online. We’ve been in the kitchen and out at tastings last year and so busy that we haven’t made time to share what we are up to online. This year, we will be on our blog, Twitter, and Facebook a whole lot more

We hope you have a wonderful year and, of course, that one of your resolutions is to eat more chocolate!

Rest, relax, indulge…

December 27th, 2011


That expresses how most of us feel after a busy holiday season. There’s so much to do, so many details to finish..and for us, so much chocolate to make!

Well, after all that, we just need to take some time for ourselves!

Here’s what we prescribe:
1. A nice meal out this week… just immediate family. A fun night without cooking and without really entertaining.2.  Something to make you feel better… a haircut, massage, even just a nap… feel restored before facing a new year.

3. A treat… yes, there has been a lot of food… parties, catering, extra snacks around the house, cookie exchanges… We’re not talking about that… we’re talking just a couple of bites of something truly special. Now, of course, you know we would recommend our chocolates (Pure Dark Truffles is the right choice without a doubt).  The right treat is something you really savor.

Now, we are off to take our own advice. We hope you do the same!

Holy Peppermints!

December 7th, 2011

Our DPC kitchen is full of the stuff!

We are especially enjoying making our holiday peppermint bark and peppermint bars. We mix our own secret blend of crushed mints and candy canes with our peppermint chocolate to make this festive treat.

This is such a refreshing combination and well, the red and white does really put us in the mood for the holidays!

Visit our shops or order online soon.. it’s a fleeting season for these cheery treats!

Our favorite fall things…

November 10th, 2011

So, we love fall and to celebrate it, here’s a quick post with a list of our favorite fall things:


1. Fall colors in Shenandoah. If any of you haven’t been there yet in fall, you just must.

2. Apples! They are everywhere and we especially love the flowing cider.

3. Pumpkins… we are using them in our chocolate, at the dinner table, and as decorations

4.  Excitement about school – it’s always strongest in the fall.

5. And, of course, people go crazy for chocolate in fall (this is really our favorite thing!)


Enjoy this beautiful fall, everyone!