Gourmet chocolates can be a great gift for anyone, anytime of year, yet it can become more of a challenge in the summer. While chocolate tends to melt at a relatively low temperature, there are a few methods to keep your chocolate cool, from the minute you walk out of our store to the second it is eaten.
To a bar of chocolate, two things are its worst enemy: moisture, and heat. Chocolate should only be exposed to those two the second it enters into your mouth. That being said, when storing your chocolate in the summer months, be sure to keep it in a cool, dark, dry place. The pantry is often your best bet, and if you want to take it a step further, you can place it in a tin or a bag to keep out extra moisture.
Now, there is some debate that keeping your chocolate in the refrigerator is the best thing you can do it keep it cool. To this notion, we recommend it, but only under certain circumstances. If your home cannot stay at a constant indoor temperature under 70 degrees, or if there is an abundance of moisture in your pantry, then feel free to stick in the 'fridge. Just be sure to place it in a Ziploc bag for extra moisture protection, and to bring it back to room temperature before eating it. Cold chocolate loses its freshness, and by extension, its flavor. Even in the sweltering summer months, you can still have your chocolate and eat it too.
All it takes is a little know-how, and your chocolate will stay fresh, solid, and tasty for months on end. Be sure to stop in any one of our stores for a sampling of all the gourmet chocolates we have to offer! As either a gift or a personal reward, they make the perfect treat!