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

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!

 

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