How long do chocolate easter eggs last?

This article will answer the question “How long do chocolate easter eggs last?”, and how to freeze easter eggs?

Read on If you want to know how to identify spoiled chocolate. Let’s dig deep and find out more about sugar-bloom and fat-bloom along with ways to avoid them. 

How long do chocolate easter eggs last?

Chocolate easter eggs last 2 years in the fridge If coated with dark chocolate. Easter eggs coated with milk chocolate will keep for about a year in the fridge. 

It is because milk chocolate has more milk solids than cocoa solids, which tend to be more perishable.

In the freezer
Chocolate easter eggs (Milk chocolate)1 year 
Chocolate easter eggs (Dark chocolate)2 years 
Home-made chocolate Easter eggs, peanut-butter eggs, and buttercream candiesUp to 3 months 

Chocolate expiration date 

(Opened or Unopened)In the pantry In the fridge 
Chocolate bars 2-4 months 4-6 months 
Chocolate truffles 1-2 weeks 
Belgian chocolate 1-2 weeks 2-4 weeks 
Chocolate chips 2-4 months 6-8 months 

How long can you eat chocolate after the expiration date?

Time past ‘best before’ when chocolate should still taste good!
Product Quality unlikely to be compromisedStill good, but small chance it may taste a little different
Milk chocolate 2 – 4 months5-8 months 
White chocolate 2 – 4 months5-8 months
Dark chocolate 1 year2-3 years 
Chocolate bar with nuts/fruits2 – 4 months5-8 months
Chocolate bar with nougat/caramel/wafer etc2 – 4 months5-8 months
Hot chocolate 1 year 1-2 years 

Can you freeze chocolate easter eggs?

Yes, you can freeze chocolate easter eggs If you want to keep them for longer. To prevent the sugar bloom, protect the chocolate eggs from extreme temperature fluctuations. For this, refrigerate the chocolate easter eggs for 24 hours before freezing. 

Use a heavy-duty freezer bag, vacuum-sealed bags, or an air-tight container to freeze chocolate easter eggs. A vacuum-sealed bag is the best freezing medium. 

If you are using an air-tight container or freezer bag, line it with foil, freezer paper, wax paper, or a plastic sheet to protect the chocolate eggs from freezer burn. This extra wrapping will also prevent the chocolate from picking up unwanted odors.

Suck as much air as possible from the freezer bag to create a vacuum-like environment. For this, use a straw or press the bag. Label the bag before chucking it into the freezer.

Can you freeze Cadbury eggs?

Yes, you can freeze Cadbury eggs. Use the instructions discussed above for successfully freezing your Cadbury eggs. Freezing not only prolongs the shelf-life but also improves the taste of Cadbury eggs.

Can you freeze Reese’s eggs?

Yes, you can freeze Reese’s eggs using the same method that is used to store the regular chocolate easter eggs and Cadbury eggs. Carefully follow the storage instructions to protect Reese’s eggs from condensation and the sugar bloom that follows.

Can you freeze Easter egg Buttercream Candies?

Yes, you can freeze Easter egg Buttercream Candies. Store-bought Easter egg Buttercream Candies will last longer (Up to a year) in the freezer than their homemade counterparts (that last up to 3 months). Freezing makes the Buttercream filling more stable for molding. 

Can you freeze Chocolate Peanut Butter eggs?

Yes, you can freeze Chocolate Peanut Butter eggs. Freezing prolongs the shelf-life of Chocolate Peanut Butter eggs If done the right way. You can simply store these eggs in an air-tight container or a heavy-duty freezer bag. 

For bonus points, wrap the eggs with foil, freezer paper, wax paper, or a plastic sheet before freezing.

How does freezing affect chocolate?

Turbulence in the freezer temperature makes the chocolate susceptible to sugar bloom and fat bloom. Both of these phenomena are the result of temperature fluctuations but they do not make the chocolate unsafe. 

But the crystallized sugar (sugar-bloom) and the white fat layer (fat-bloom) on the chocolate surface certainly reduce the quality of the chocolate. 

To avoid this problem, make sure your freezer is maintaining a stable temperature and refrain from opening the freezer door frequently.

How to tell if the chocolate is bad?

If the chocolate appears discolored or develops white spots and a moldy appearance, discard it immediately as it is not safe for consumption. 

If the surface turns white or grey, it may be an indication of sugar-bloom or fat-bloom. It does not make the chocolate unsafe for consumption. 

Conclusion

This article answered the question “How long do chocolate easter eggs last?”, and how to freeze easter eggs?

References

https://www.diys.com/can-you-freeze-chocolate-easter-eggs/
https://askinglot.com/how-long-does-a-chocolate-easter-bunny-last
https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/eat/australias-most-popular-easter-eggs-have-really-short-shelf-lives/news-story/ef53367e6072c434bcec85f419e49639

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