How to store your chocolate in hot weather

Storing your chocolate correctly during warmer spells is, dare we say, critical, and to make sure you don’t miss out on your favourite Choc Affair chocolate experience, we’re suggesting a couple of ways that you can protect your chocolate during the summer months – you can thank us later.

Keeping your chocolate cool, not cold

Our chocolates taste best when kept in a cool place, preferably between 12 to 20°C.

If you have a room in your home that stays cool during the summer, then we’d recommend keeping your chocolate in there until normal temperatures resume.

Should you put your chocolate in the fridge?

It’s important to store your chocolate in a cool and dry place, and unfortunately, putting chocolate directly into the fridge doesn’t achieve this.

The cold temperatures of a fridge, essentially hijacks the chocolate’s aroma, and then your chocolate may absorb odours from other foods stored in the fridge – (think garlic flavoured chocolates… not nice) Furthermore, a refrigerator is a moist and damp place with fluctuating cold temperatures, which when combined together, can trigger sugar crystallisation and a “bloom” in the chocolate. This results in the taste of the chocolate being a little stale, meaning you won’t be able to enjoy the Choc Affair chocolate experience that you’d hoped for.

We wrote a more detailed blog post on why you shouldn’t keep chocolate in the fridge last year, to read more about it, click here.

When it gets to boiling point

Most chocolate can withstand a temperature of up to 24°C, although it won’t be at its best. If, like us, you don’t want to take any chances, then we’d recommend covering your chocolate up in a cloth and placing them at the back of a cupboard. Alternatively, as a last resort you can place them into an airtight box (this will protect them from moisture and odours) and place them in the fridge door as this is the warmest part of the fridge. This of course is all dependant on whether you ever have any chocolate in the house to store, generally once bought, we’ve eaten it!

We hope you have found this blog post useful, whether you have a question or would like to share with us your tips on how to protect chocolate during warmer spells, we’d love to hear from you. Let us on social media by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.