Can You Freeze Chocolate?

Who doesn’t love the idea of extending the shelf-life of chocolate? No matter which brand of chocolate you enjoy or how you tend to use it, it’s helpful to learn the best ways of preserving it so you don’t have to worry about it going bad.

So, with this in mind, can you freeze chocolate?

The Quick Answer

Yes, you can freeze chocolate. Chocolate can be frozen for around 12 months. Before freezing chocolate, you need to refrigerate it for 24 hours and wrap it tightly, so it doesn’t take on any additional odours in the freezer. It will then be fine in the freezer for up to a year. 

How to Freeze Chocolate

Although freezing chocolate is pretty straightforward, it’s not simply a case of placing an un-opened bar directly in the freezer. You need to be careful not to ‘shock’ chocolate with drastic temperature changes, as this can affect both the taste and texture of your chocolate once defrosted.

Here’s how to freeze chocolate safely and to preserve its taste: 

  1. Place in the Fridge
    You will need to refrigerate the chocolate that you plan to freeze for approximately 24 hours before you freeze it. 
  2. Wrap Well
    Whether you’re freezing a whole bar or individual portions of chocolate, you should wrap it well in cling film before placing it in the freezer. 
  3. Place in an Airtight Container
    After wrapping your chocolate, lie it in an airtight container and seal.
  4. Label and Freeze
    Make a note of the date that you purchased the chocolate, as well as its suggested use-by date. Remember, you can freeze chocolate for around twelve months. 

3 Tips for Freezing Chocolate

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing chocolate to have the best results:

  • Use Different Types of Chocolate – You can safely freeze different types of chocolate, including dark, white, milk, and chocolate chips. Dark chocolate tends to have the best life of all types of chocolate and should be fine in the freezer for even longer than a year, providing it is well wrapped. 
  • Don’t Be Alarmed If Chocolate Turns White – When you have defrosted your chocolate, you may notice that it has turned white. This is a process known as ‘fat bloom’ and is nothing to worry about. It is the process of the fat particles coming to the surface of the chocolate due to the change in temperature. This bloom won’t affect the taste of your chocolate, so don’t throw it away! 
  • Freezing Chocolate Will Alter the Texture – Due to the process of crystallisation during freezing; you may notice a slight change in both texture and taste to frozen chocolate that has been defrosted. While it shouldn’t significantly change, you may opt to use defrosted chocolate in cookie or cake recipes where the texture, in particular, is less important.

How Long Can You Freeze Chocolate?

You can freeze chocolate for around twelve months. 

This is a general rule of thumb, and some sources say that you can keep some types of chocolate (such as dark) in the freezer for up to two years. Ultimately, you should freeze chocolate for as long as you’re comfortable with it, but for best results, use it within a year. 

You Can Freeze Chocolate for up to 12 Months

How Do You Defrost Chocolate?

Remember, if you shock chocolate with a drastic change in temperature, it can significantly affect its texture. Therefore, the best way to defrost chocolate is in the fridge.

Once it has thawed, you can then leave it to stand at room temperature or eat it directly from the fridge, whichever you prefer.

Can You Refreeze Chocolate?

Ultimately, there’s nothing wrong with freezing chocolate more than once. But from a quality control perspective, we wouldn’t recommend it.

Due to the crystallisation and ‘fat bloom’ already introduced, freezing chocolate more than once is likely to significantly alter both its taste and temperature.

If you’re concerned about wastage, freeze your chocolate in smaller portions and remove only what you need at any given time. 

Does Chocolate Freeze Well?

Chocolate has a relatively long shelf-life when it’s stored correctly in a cool, dry place or in the fridge, so you don’t necessarily have to freeze it. Shop-bought chocolate bars have a use-by date on the packaging and should generally be used within nine months.

If you can resist the temptation and don’t end up eating your chocolate before, freezing it will extend its shelf-life to up to a year and is a decent option if you aren’t worried about a slight change in texture.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing chocolate or chocolate in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze White Chocolate?

The good news is that all types of chocolate can be frozen with complete success from white and milk through the darkest of the dark. The method remains the same for freezing all types of chocolate. 

Can You Freeze Chocolate Chips?

If you have got chocolate in chip form that you wish to freeze then you can also freeze these chips. If you want to know the precise method for doing so then check out our guide to freezing chocolate chips

Can You Freeze Chocolate Cake?

Whether it’s made with chocolate or not, cake can be frozen successfully. You can either freeze a whole cake or you can freeze it slices. Either way, you need to wrap it tightly in multiple layers of cling film before bagging it up and place it into the freezer. 

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