Tuesday, 06 September 2011
I've never had bad chocolate, so the idea of it is new to me. But apparently there are five ways to know if chocolate has gone bad. Here they are:
1. Fat Bloom
The 'fat bloom' on your chocolate is that white or gray coat on the surface of the chocolate. In the case of chocolate exclusively, it is safe to consume fat-bloomed chocolate. The fat bloom occurs when the cocoa butter fats separate from the cocoa.
2. Sugar Bloom
Sugar bloom results in gross tasting chocolate. It usually takes place when the chocolate has been stored in bad temperatures (exposed to humidity or moved too quickly from hot to cold temperatures). The temperature fluctuations causes the sugar to crystallize resulting in a grainy texture. Like the fat bloom, the sugar bloom is also safe to consume.
Your nose is the best tool to determine whether chocolate has gone bad. Chocolates absorb odors so sniff your chocolate to see if you would want to eat it. On that note, it's best to store your chocolate properly if you're keeping it in a fridge.
4. Quality & Freshness
There may be no expiration date on your chocolate, but it is best to consume it within a year of its production. Really high quality chocolate can last beyond a year, and some get better with age like wine. Why? High quality chocolates contain flavanols (natural preservatives) that keep them fresher tasting for a longer period of time.
It only takes a small bite to know whether your chocolate is in good condition. A quick nibble should warn your senses if something is off.
Have you ever accidentally eaten spoiled chocolate? What's your favorite kind of chocolate?