The Best Ways To Store Your Chocolate Eggs This Easter

With Good Friday here, it's almost time for the festivities to begin, and we all know what that means? Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate!

Okay, that's not the only thing that Easter is about, but has become a great symbol for the holiday, with friends and family gifting each other with these delicious treats. And if you were the toughest of us, and managed to survive giving up chocolate for lent, then you deserve to devour a chocolate egg, or two....or 10!

The tradition of painted Easter eggs actually came from Germany, but soon confectioners in Paris began in the 18th century creating beautiful chocolate eggs, which are now the staple for this spring holiday.

But with the weather warming, it's tempting for most to put their chocolate in the fridge this Easter. However, this has been proven the incorrect practice for chocolate and chocolate confectionery. Keep reading to find out why!

Not For The Fridge

Of course, it's a given you don't want your chocolate eggs to melt into a chocolatey mush this Easter, but it's best not to use the refrigerator as a solution. In fact, it's best to keep in a cool, shaded cupboard if you can. The best temperatures for chocolate to be stored is in fact between 15-18 degrees Celsius with humidity below 55%.

If you do put your chocolate in the fridge, you could;

  • Reduce the flavour due to the temperature being too cold for the chocolate

  • Strong smells can easily be absorbed by the chocolate, again spoiling the taste

  • Condensation can build up on the chocolate whenever the refrigerator door opens. This can again spoil the chocolate, as well as causing dirty marks over the egg

  • The fridge light is also not good for the chocolate, as light can also effect the taste of chocolate

A Necessity

If indeed your chocolate needs to be in the fridge due to really warm temperatures, and you have nowhere suitable to store it, follow these best practices:

  • Wrap the chocolate in cling film so oders or condensation can not get to it

  • Then place it in an air tight container to further protect it

  • When you remove the chocolate from the fridge, first let it return to room temperature before removing the cling film

How Long Does Chocolate Last?

Not for long here in the Fiyo office...it gets eaten in a flash!

All in all, keeping chocolate properly and shielded from light, and at the appropriate temperature of just below room temperature, then it will usually keep quite well. However - depending on the chocolate - it usually doesn't contain (many) preservatives, so it also doesn't have an eternal life.

  • Solid white chocolate eggs: will usually stay good for approx 4 months

  • Solid milk chocolate eggs: these will last over a year

  • Solid pure (dark) chocolate eggs: can last up to two years

  • Chocolate eggs with fancy fillings: this can depend but usually will only last for about three to four months (unless with added preservatives)

  • Good For The Soul

    We're always warned about how we shouldn't eat too much chocolate as it's unhealthy, and while that is true, there are some great positives to the treat also:

    • (Dark) chocolate can help fight against dry skin

    • Chocolate also protects against UV light

    • Also helping to eliminate wrinkles

    • On average, people who eat dark chocolate will live 2 years longer

    • Chocolate also helps keep blood clots at bay, preventing heart failing

    • Chocolate also helps reduce pain and stress, releasing endorphins when eaten

    • And finally, Happy Easter from the team here at Fiyo, and enjoy the Holidays!

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