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Old 09-12-2019, 01:04 PM
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No, I'm not talking about keeping it safe from family. I'm cleaning out closets and just discovered a fair supply of semi-sweet chocolate chips, double wrapped in freezer zip lock bags and stuffed in gallon jars. It wasn't intended for long term storage but...I totally forgot about it.

It was purchased in 2010, kept in the house between 60-70 degrees. Looks and smells normal, although the chips in one partially filled jar have a bit of that white bloom (the rest are normal in color). I tasted one (I'm super sensitive to rancid tastes/smells) and it was fine but I know that's no guarantee. I am concerned whether the fat could be rancid.

So if I need to toss this, in the future can chocolate be safely stored in the freezer, and for how long?
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I’ve had chocolate chips for years and they were fine. They do get that bloom but it doesn’t affect the taste and when they are in baked goods the color returns to normal. I’ve never smelled a rancid odor. Not like with nuts where there is a definite rancid smell when they’ve “gone over”.
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I found a tube of M&M minis that were at least 15 years old. Granted they are in a plastic tube, but they were just in a box with a bunch of paperwork I was sorting through. I opened them up, they were kind of crumbly, a little chalky looking in spots & they were stale tasting, but still tasted like chocolate. After tasting them just with the tip of my tongue, I ate a few with no problems. I ate several more & never had a problem. I do have a reputation for having a cast iron gut though, as I can eat stuff that gives most people a gut ache with no problems.

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Be careful with peanut M&Ms. The nuts can have worms in them when they’re older.
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Be careful with peanut M&Ms. The nuts can have worms in them when they’re older.


If they have worms when they are older they had them when they were fresh. They can’t teleport in.


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Roasted peanuts seldom have worms.
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Roasted peanuts seldom have worms.
So, an alternate protein source!
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Not long with my wife around....... lol
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depends on how semi-sweet. There is no milk in it so it can't spoil but it would have a fair amount of sugar added that could go a little fermenty. I doubt it's bad if kept at a stable temperature though. All of that being said, I thought this was going to be a prepper question and was prepared to discuss this as the most first world problem ever.
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They are fine, I have a thread on here somewhere a couple of years or so ago about finding some chocolate bars that I had put up and forgot about. They were several years old, had turned almost completely white and I ate them and they were just fine. I've put back a bunch more.
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Something to consider:

Chocolate bars have been used for over 100years as a supplement to Soldier rations. They put M&M's in MREs which supposedly have a 25yr shelf life. Use your judgment but I would not be scared of an old bar of chocolate as long as it passed the sight/sniff test.

As for the the "white bloom", WIKI Chocolate Bloom
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Something to consider:

Chocolate bars have been used for over 100years as a supplement to Soldier rations. They put M&M's in MREs which supposedly have a 25yr shelf life. Use your judgment but I would not be scared of an old bar of chocolate as long as it passed the sight/sniff test.

As for the the "white bloom", WIKI Chocolate Bloom
That is an interesting read. I think i'll put some more back after reading that.
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Dark chocolate is basically sugar, emulsifier, cocoa powder and cocoa butter.

Cocoa butter is a very saturated tropical fat and extremely long life. Safe for basically a decade. Sugar is timeless. Cocoa powder and emulsifier are real sturdy too.

Dark chocolate is pretty safe for a long time in climate controlled conditions.

Chocolate can "bloom". Bloom is the migration of ingredients. Heat causes fat bloom and moisture causes sugar bloom. Neither indicate any real damage other than appearance. Taste and use in cooking remains the same. If the bloom appearance bothers you then you can remelt it and appearance is restored.

2010? Unless you don't have aircon for hot summers my opinion is that it is fine to eat for several more years. The decade guideline is rough and any rancidity later will still be very slow. I might skip it if it was 15 years old in normal times, but in a fat shortage period after a disaster then I'd eat it at 20 years.

While that offers a long time, you really can't turn back the clock with mylar and O2As. Just commit to using it all up in a few years.

I'm one of the noisiest people here about rancidity threats, but this doesn't bother me.
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Dark chocolate is basically sugar, emulsifier, cocoa powder and cocoa butter.

Cocoa butter is a very saturated tropical fat and extremely long life. Safe for basically a decade. Sugar is timeless. Cocoa powder and emulsifier are real sturdy too.

Dark chocolate is pretty safe for a long time in climate controlled conditions.

Chocolate can "bloom". Bloom is the migration of ingredients. Heat causes fat bloom and moisture causes sugar bloom. Neither indicate any real damage other than appearance. Taste and use in cooking remains the same. If the bloom appearance bothers you then you can remelt it and appearance is restored.

2010? Unless you don't have aircon for hot summers my opinion is that it is fine to eat for several more years. The decade guideline is rough and any rancidity later will still be very slow. I might skip it if it was 15 years old in normal times, but in a fat shortage period after a disaster then I'd eat it at 20 years.

While that offers a long time, you really can't turn back the clock with mylar and O2As. Just commit to using it all up in a few years.

I'm one of the noisiest people here about rancidity threats, but this doesn't bother me.
Oh My Goodness, something Zeke actually approves of. Will wonders never cease. Just kidding around Zeke.
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Something to consider:

Chocolate bars have been used for over 100years as a supplement to Soldier rations. They put M&M's in MREs which supposedly have a 25yr shelf life. Use your judgment but I would not be scared of an old bar of chocolate as long as it passed the sight/sniff test.

As for the the "white bloom", WIKI Chocolate Bloom
This is so great to know! Nothing will pick up the mode of a survival group like chocolate cookies, cake or candy!
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Thanks for all the replies.

Zeke, the only reason I was somewhat concerned about the chocolate is because you have me spooked over all the rancidity issues. I was hoping you'd chime in on this. Now I can eat my chocolate without having anxiety attacks.
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Thanks for all the replies.

Zeke, the only reason I was somewhat concerned about the chocolate is because you have me spooked over all the rancidity issues. I was hoping you'd chime in on this. Now I can eat my chocolate without having anxiety attacks.
Happy I could help you save the chocolate. Always a worthy cause, right?
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