1. What’s the shelf life of your chocolates?
a.Truffles & Chocolate Pralines
2 weeks in the refrigerator, 1 month in the freezer (but would you really want to keep them that long? : ) ).
b. Cuadro and Crave Chocolate BarsAll Cuadro and Crave bars: 3 months in the refrigerator, 8 months in the freezer.
Tiramisu: 2 weeks in the refrigerator, 1 month in the freezer.
2. Any storage suggestions?
a. All chocolates should at least be stored at 10oC or lower to maintain shelf life.
b. All chocolates melt at 95F or body temperature, so best to always store in the refrigerator and/or freezer.
c. Truffles can last out of the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes, depending on where you’re keeping them. Then they soften up, but don’t melt into a puddle. Should truffles soften, do not take them out of the box. Put in the refrigerator and wait for an hour or two so they can return to proper form.
d. Pralines and bars can last in an airconditioned room for 10 hours.
e. Do not leave chocolates in an unairconditioned car as the residual heat will surely melt your chocolates.
f. Do not store chocolates with items that have strong odors as these will affect the taste of your chocolates.
3. Why is your white chocolate yellowish in color?
The yellowish color shows you that we use quality chocolates. Cocoa butter is this color. If your white chocolate is white, chances are, you are eating chocolate that has a lot of extenders instead of good quality ingredients.
4. Why are there light brown / whitish spots / patches on my chocolate?
This is what is known as fat bloom. This means that the fat (cocoa butter) has separated from the other ingredients of the chocolate. This can be caused by sudden fluctuation in temperatures. Chocolates with fat bloom are still delicious and good to eat. When eaten, there will be no change in flavor or texture as long as the chocolates have not expired.
We try our best to serve you our chocolates in proper form, i.e. no fat blooms of any sort, but there are times when our chocolates may reach you in a non-ideal state due to circumstances beyond our control (Ex. Chocolates were bought from us by a customer and given as a gift a few weeks after purchase, etc.).
5. Will my chocolates melt if I don’t put them in the refrigerator immediately after buying them?
For chocolate bars (except Tiramisu): Since your chocolates are properly tempered, they will not easily melt as long as you don’t put them in direct heat / sunlight or leave them in the car. Remember that there is residual heat in the car so even if your car is parked in a covered area, chocolates can still melt. Your chocolates will keep and hold its shape in room temperature.
Truffles can last out of the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes, depending on where you’re keeping them. Then they soften up, but don’t melt into a puddle. Should truffles soften, do not take them out of the box. Put in the refrigerator and wait for an hour or two so they can return to proper form.