Surplus food app, Too Good To Go, has teamed up with the experts at luxury chocolate makers, Rococo, to share three top tips for how to keep your chocolate fresher for longer and stop it going to waste.
Facts about chocolate – Don’t store it in your fridge
It’s an age-old question: is it better to keep your chocolate in the fridge or cupboard at home? Well, Rococo’s master chocolatier, Mireille, is very clear that the cupboard is best. “Fridges have a tendency to increase humidity which is not good for chocolate,” explains Mirelle. “The best place to keep your chocolate is any cool, dark place – a kitchen cupboard is ideal. If you have a wine fridge, keeping your chocolate on the top shelf where the temperature is 14-16C is perfect as well.”
Facts about chocolate – Yes, some chocolate can go off – but it takes a long time
If you’ve ever wondered whether chocolate can go off, the answer is yes – eventually. “Milk chocolate tends to have an 18 month shelf life, while white chocolate has about a 12 month shelf life because of its higher milk content”, according to Mireille. But if you’re looking for chocolate that won’t go off, then opt for chocolate with a higher cocoa content. As Mireille explains, “Dark chocolate can be kept for many years if stored in good condition. Traditionally, dark chocolate will have a 24 month shelf life – but this is mainly to guarantee that the tempering of the chocolate stays stable. If chocolate goes out of temper it’s not an issue in terms of safety, but the texture and appearance will suffer.” So, how can you tell if chocolate really has gone off? Look out for chocolate that “tastes sour and smells strange”, says Mireille.
Facts about chocolate – You can save surplus chocolate and help combat the climate crisis at the same time
Our planet’s food waste accounts for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions and, believe it or not, some of this food that’s going to waste is chocolate. But if each of us were to make a few small efforts to prevent our food waste – whether at home or in the way we shop – together we can make a difference and help protect our environment.
Did you know that you can save surplus luxury chocolates directly from Rococo at just the click of a button? By using a surplus food app like Too Good To Go, not only will you be able to take home an abundance of leftover luxury chocolates worth three times the amount you pay, but with each Too Good To Go Magic Bag you save, you’re protecting our planet by saving this food from being wasted.
Or if you somehow find yourself with leftover chocolate at home and don’t know what to do with it, why not try Rococo’s master chocolatier Mireille’s recipe for a simple homemade chocolate truffle below! For the more experimental, Mireille also suggests adding your leftover dark chocolate to the next chilli con carne you make, or even adding it to the gravy for your next Sunday Roast, to add intensity and depth.
Facts about Chocolate – Simple homemade truffle recipe
- 100 g of dark chocolate
- 100 g of single cream
- Pinch of salt
- Any desired cover (it can be cocoa powder, shredded coconut, bread crumbs, pastry crumbs, biscuits or even dried cake!)
- Chop your chocolate into very small pieces.
- Heat the cream with the pinch of salt, almost to boiling point.
- Cover the chocolate with the cream and leave it to rest for 2 minutes.
- Stir gently until the mixture is well emulsified.
- Leave it to cool and store in the fridge until the mixture is hard to touch.
- Roll into small balls and then roll in your desired cover until fully coated. Keep for 48 hours maximum.