Chocolate Facts for Sweetest Day
In parts of the nation, couples will be celebrating Sweetest Day on October 17th. Sweetest Day is most popular in the Great Lakes and North East regions of the U.S. It originally began in Cleveland, Ohio as a way to spread love and joy to the unfortunate, but today it is mainly a holiday to give sweets to loved ones. One of the most popular gifts offered on this day is a box of chocolates. Here are five tips on keeping your chocolate tasting its best, should you decide not to gobble it all up before the day is through.
THE PERFECT CHOCOLATE
The best way to eat chocolate is at room temperature. You’ll want to keep it in a cool room, because you won’t want it to become over-heated. Rooms that are between 60-75 degrees are always best. Make sure they aren’t too humid, either.
THANK YOU FOR THE SMELL
Chocolate is like a big vacuum for smell. It will absorb the flavor of the surrounding area no matter where you put it. As a piece of advice, try to not hide it in areas like where you keep your scented candles or next to the spice rack!
FEAR THE COLD
If you are going to refrigerate your chocolate, you will want to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. You might even want to close it up, further, in your favorite tupperware container. If you don’t do this, you might find your chocolate ends up tasting sweet with a hint of onion or three-day old meatloaf!
IF YOU AIN’T GONNA EAT IT, FREEZE IT
If you are not going to eat your chocolate for a few weeks (how can you do that?), you will want to freeze your chocolate. Follow the same instructions as you would for putting it into the refridgerator. When taking it out, you can either eat it frozen (if you can’t wait any longer), but the preferred way is to allow it to thaw for a day in your fridge, then take it out to “mellow” to room temperature.
WHEN CHOCOLATE GOES GRAY
You will notice that fine chocolates that are exposed to heat will have a grayish tint to them. This is what is known as a “bloom” when the cocoa butter is heated. It’s completely fine and should not alter the taste, whatsoever. Make sure you don’t leave your chocolate in the sun or in your car, though! No one wants a batch of runny, stick-to-the-wrapper, chocolate!
Have a Happy Sweetest Day!