In this article, we will answer the question “How long can you freeze chocolate?”, and how long do chocolate chips last?
Read on if you want to know how to maximize the shelf-life of chocolate.
How long can you freeze chocolate?
|(Opened or Unopened)||In the pantry||In the fridge||In the freezer|
|Past Printed Date||Past Printed Date||Past Printed Date|
|Chocolate||2-4 months||4-6 months||6-8 months|
|Chocolate bars||2-4 months||4-6 months||6-8 months|
|Chocolate truffles||1-2 weeks||—||—|
|Belgian chocolate||1-2 weeks||2-4 weeks||2-4 months|
|Chocolate chips||2-4 months||6-8 months||2-3 years|
The Shelf-life of different types of chocolate
The shelf-life of chocolate depends on the composition of the chocolate. The more the milk, the lesser the shelf-life. After the best before date, there are visible changes in the appearance and detectable changes in the taste of the chocolate.
White chocolate has a lot of milk and cocoa butter making it susceptible to spoilage. So white chocolate will last about 6 months in the pantry if unopened. If placed in the fridge, it will last longer. An opened package will be good for about 4 months in the pantry.
Milk chocolate has a very silky and rich texture due to all that milk. An opened bar of milk chocolate will last 1 year in the pantry and longer if kept in the fridge. If opened, milk chocolate can only stay for 8-10 months in the pantry.
Bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate has about 70% cocoa. Less amount of milk allows it to stay as long as 2 years in the pantry or longer in the fridge if unopened.
This fudgy treat has about 35% cocoa and will stay good for a week or two in the pantry if unopened. Putting it in the fridge will extend its shelf life to about 4-5 weeks. Freeze the Belgian chocolate to keep it around for 2 months.
If unopened, chocolate chips will be good in the pantry for about 2-4 months. Keeping it in the fridge will extend its shelf life to about 6-8 months. Frozen chocolate chips will last for 2-3 years in the freezer.
Handmade chocolates or truffles
It is not recommended to put these delicate truffles in the fridge or freezer. They are to be consumed within hours of purchasing for optimum taste. However, they will last for a week or two in the pantry if unopened.
Cocoa powder is quite a shelf-stable product. It will only gradually lose its strength of flavor over time it will be good for about 3 years in the pantry if left unopened.
How long do chocolate chips last?
Dark chocolate chips with 70-80% cocoa will be good in the pantry(sealed) or in the freezer for about 2 years. Milk chocolate chips will stay fresh in the freezer or pantry(sealed) for 8 months to 1 year.
However, freezing sealed chocolate chips will not have any considerable effect on the shelf life. It rather significantly decreases the quality of your chocolate chips in terms of texture and visual appeal.
|Type of Chocolate Chip||How to Store||How Long They’ll Last|
|Dark, Bittersweet,and Semisweet Chocolate||In a sealed, air-tight container in a dark location with a consistent temperature of 60-75F||Up to 2 years|
|Milk Chocolate||8 months to 1 year||—|
|White chocolate||8-10 months||—|
How to store chocolate to prevent spoilage?
Keep the chocolate away from moisture, high temperature, temperature fluctuations, or unwanted odors. The temperature fluctuations and humidity will crystallize the sugar resulting in sugar bloom. It ruins the silky texture of the chocolate.
Similarly, exposing the chocolate to high temperatures will result in fat blooms that happen when cocoa butter/fats separate from the sugar and crystallize.
In the fridge
Whenever you are refrigerating your chocolate, make sure it is wrapped up tightly. It is recommended to place it in an air-tight container to prevent the humid environment of the fridge from damaging its quality. It will also protect the chocolate from absorbing undesirable odors from the fridge.
In the freezer
Before freezing the chocolate, refrigerate it first. Temperature shock will damage the quality of your chocolate. Keep the chocolate in a freezer bag when storing it in the freezer.
In this article, we answered the question “How long can you freeze chocolate?”, and how long do chocolate chips last?