While for some there is no such thing as too much chocolate, for others too much, it will just go to waste. If the Halloween tour was bigger than you expected or has happened through a sale that you just couldn’t pass up, you may end up with more chocolates than you can eat before they hurt you. Freezing the chocolates can preserve them to be enjoyed at a later date.
Can you freeze chocolate?
Yes, you can freeze chocolate. It’s similar to freezing regular milk. Only it’s chocolate! You may find that some of the colors separate when freezing, but that can be fixed once the milk thaws. It’s a good idea to freeze half for later and save half for now. The taste and quality will not be affected by freezing, although it may appear a bit more watery after thawing. To freeze chocolate, make sure it is as fresh as possible. Avoid freezing chocolate that has passed before your best date. Find a freezer-safe container or use a freezer bag to store milk.
Chocolate will expand when frozen due to the water content, leaving some space to allow for expansion. Before filling the container, give the chocolate milk with a shake or a good shake to mix the chocolate and sugar. Then fill the container, leaving about two inches at the top. Seal the container, then label and date.
Place the chocolate in the coldest part of the freezer. To defrost frozen chocolate, remove it from the freezer. Thaw the chocolate milk in the fridge for several hours or overnight. Do not thaw frozen chocolate milk on the counter, as bacteria can start to grow at room temperature. When the chocolate is completely thawed, you may notice that it has separated or has a thin texture.
Give the chocolate a shake or a good stir, and then consume as usual. Store any unused, thawed chocolate in the refrigerator. Do not refreeze frozen chocolate. Consume thawed chocolate within a few days for best results, and consume frozen chocolate within six months of freezing.
Steps to freeze chocolate
Place the freezer bag on the baking sheet to provide a flat surface to transfer the chocolates to the freezer.
Place the chocolates in the bag in a single layer, so they are not stacked on top of each other. If the chocolates are still in their original packaging, do not remove them. Just put the whole package in the freezer bag.
Seal the bag, gradually removing any residual air with your hands before sealing it.
Mark the current date on the bag with a marker.
Place the baking sheet on a level area in the freezer and allow the chocolates to harden for at least an hour before removing them from the baking sheet. Let them harden beforehand so they don’t stick.