That white discoloration that sometimes forms on old chocolate turns the stomachs of chocolate lovers everywhere. For years, researchers have known that the harmless change, known as a fat bloom, is caused by liquid fat such as cocoa butter migrating through the chocolate and crystalizing on the candy’s surface.
- 1 Is it safe to eat chocolate that turns white?
- 2 How do you keep chocolate from turning white?
- 3 Why did my chocolate turn white?
- 4 Why does my chocolate look ashy?
- 5 How do you fix bloomed chocolate?
- 6 How can you tell if chocolate is bad?
- 7 Can I eat bloomed chocolate?
- 8 How do you make chocolate shiny?
Is it safe to eat chocolate that turns white?
Since the white stuff is just sugar or fat, it’s not going to hurt you if you eat it. But the chocolate might taste a little off, since blooming affects texture. While the latter point is on the Wonkas of the world, you can do your part to prevent sugar/fat blooming by sticking your candy in the freezer.
How do you keep chocolate from turning white?
You can carefully wrap and seal your chocolates in a couple of layers of plastic wrap or ziplock bags to keep moisture and odors out. Lastly, you can also seal the bags in an airtight container, and then place it in the warmest spot in your refrigerator, often the top and middle shelves, toward the front.
Why did my chocolate turn white?
The white color is because the cocoa butter is separating from the cocoa fiber over time and causing “fat bloom” which is a whitish or gray swirl in the chocolate. If the white is also rough to touch it is sugar crystals and this is called “sugar bloom” and will be white with rough little crystals.
Why does my chocolate look ashy?
When chocolate turns gray like that, one of two things could be the culprit: sugar bloom or fat bloom. Sugar bloom is normally caused by surface moisture. The moisture causes the sugar in the chocolate to dissolve. To prevent this from happening to your chocolate, simply use proper storage methods.
How do you fix bloomed chocolate?
Chocolate bloom can be repaired by melting the chocolate down, stirring it, then pouring it into a mold and allowing it to cool, bringing the sugar or fat back into the solution.
How can you tell if chocolate is bad?
If you’re seeing cracks or dots on the surface of the chocolate, odds are it’s dried out quite a bit since its days as fresh chocolate, and has gone stale. And if there’s mold on the chocolate, throw it away immediately. If it looks like regular chocolate, it will almost definitely taste like chocolate.
Can I eat bloomed chocolate?
Although bloomed chocolate is still safe to eat, it does pose some problems. This whitish coating is considered one of the main concerns in the production of chocolate. There are two types of bloom: fat bloom and sugar bloom. But essentially, bloom occurs when chocolate is not cooked properly.
How do you make chocolate shiny?
Heat the chocolate over a very low heat source, such as a heating pad on low or a small coffee warmer or hot tray, stirring constantly, until about two thirds of it melts. Remove it and patiently continue stirring until all the chocolate is melted.