This page is dedicated to sharing insights on chocolate. Many frequently asked questions have been addressed. Please let us know if you have any further inquires.
What is the stuff on my chocolate that looks "moldy" ?
Rest-assure, your chocolate will taste fine. It just looks unpleasant. Do you "see" how important the senses are?
This condition is called "blooming" and is the result of either the sugars or the fats in the product being exposed to conditions that altered their original state. Such as humidity dissolving the sugar particles or heat melting the fats. In both cases, once the moisture dries-up or the temperature is brought down, the sugar/fats solidify again. That's what you are seeing. All the same ingredients are there, they've just changed appearance. Your chocolate is perfectly fine to eat and is not spoiled.
Unfortunately, once this happens there's really nothing you can do but to close your eyes & make it disappear!
How should truffles be served?
- Goddess of Truffles recommends serving at room temperature for best results try 64 °– 70°F.
- Try pairing with wine, coffee, green tea or your favorite after dinner liqueur .
- A little goes a long way! Start with just 1-2 truffles at a time.
- Professional chocolate tasters have developed a system for tasting chocolate that include assessing the appearance, smell, feel and taste of each piece.
How should I store my truffles?
Chocolate truffles typically have a shelf life ranging from 10 days to 12 months. This depends on how they are stored and ingredients.
- Heat and moisture are the chocolate truffle's nemesis.
- Refrigeration is fine for short term storage.
- You can freeze truffles as long as you place them on a baking sheet first and freeze, separated. After they are frozen you can put them in freezer bags. To thaw, put in the refrigerator in order to thaw slowly to avoid condensation (this may take several hours). Truffles may dry out , form ice crystals or condensation if the refrigeration or freezing is not done properly!
- To retain the qualities of the truffles, individually wrap each truffle in wax paper or foil then seal them inside an air-tight container.
Why splurge on chocolate truffles?
Chocolate is made from plants, it naturally contains many health benefits and is a complex food (these health claims do not apply to milk or white chocolate ):
- Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants which help rid your body of free radicals that cause oxidative damage to cells
- Stimulates endorphin production - gives a feeling of pleasure
- Contains serotonin - acts as an anti-depressant
- Contains theobromine, caffeine and other stimulants
- Contains flavonoids - help your cells to function normally
- Cocoa solids contain flavonols - have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
Dark chocolate contains some of the following vitamins and minerals in high concentrations that can support your health:
- Fiber - the darker the chocolate the higher the fiber Content
- Gluten free - dark, natural chocolate is available gluten fee!
Note... Dark chocolate has 65% or higher cocoa content.