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Where to keep decadent chocolates?

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roze Feb 13, 2007 02:56 PM

Got an early Valentines gift of Pierre Marcolini's chocolate--so good. Problem--it is so fresh I don't know where to keep it. I live in a small nyc apartment. Will the fridge make it lose it's flavor? Its so fresh right now. I have it on the windowsill.

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    dct Feb 15, 2007 01:13 PM

    I've had good luck keeping fine chocolates in the fridge--better than letting them go to waste. I first started doing this when I ordered chocolates from La Maison du Chocolate. They reccommended that I place the box in a ziploc bag and store it in the crisper. Then take out what you plan to eat at a time and let them come up to room temp--takes a good hour or so--very hard to wait! This has worked well with ganache and other filled chocolates.

    Some chocies freeze well--my mother gets a big batch of Fannie Mae's twice a year and they keeep beautifully in her standalone freezer at 0 degrees.

    1. AnneInMpls Feb 14, 2007 01:39 PM

      Best would be to keep them someplace cool, not cold, in a zip-top bag or other airtight container. The window sill is OK if it doesn't get any sun; otherwise, try an exterior wall (especially if your building's insulation is mediocre).

      The fridge isn't ideal, and an airtight container is a must. But I'll bet they'll keep fine for at least a week or so at cool room temperature. And remember, chocolate makes a lovely breakfast!

      Anne

      1. bolivianita Feb 14, 2007 01:12 PM

        My Mother always kept hers in the nighttable drawer, til we figureed out they were there...then I don't know where they went.

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          JudiAU Feb 14, 2007 09:43 AM

          Leave them out somewhere cold for a week but after that freeze them and defrost what you want to eat for a few minutes. The refrigerator is always a bad choice.

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          1. re: JudiAU
            MMRuth Feb 14, 2007 01:14 PM

            I had always heard the same thing about chocolate, but whenever I'm at Kee's, I always hear her recommending that her hand made chocolates be kept refrigerated (sp?) , preferably in the crisper.

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            jackrugby Feb 14, 2007 09:11 AM

            Best place to keep decadent chocolates? In your bedroom closet, where nobody else can find them!

            1. Karl S Feb 14, 2007 09:04 AM

              On our hips.

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                Lucia Feb 14, 2007 07:48 AM

                I got the same thing from my parents when they came back from Belgium last year. I have enormous will power, so the box ended up lasting me about a month. I kept them in the refrigerator. I'm sure there was some flavor loss, but they were still delicious.

                1. Quine Feb 13, 2007 06:28 PM

                  See...Mother Nature knows best.......;)

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                    roze Feb 13, 2007 06:23 PM

                    Totally plan to give a few away so everyone can enjoy--I love to spread the wealth- no worries! But not so many that my SO thinks I don't like it or anything..there's a fine line there in some ways w/ a V- Day present....hence the question.

                    And to be honest I don't have to many non-coworker friends here that I think would truly enjoy it. BTW it's actually snowing in nyc- if my work is cancelled tomorrow this will be a non-issue as I will be home all day gorging!

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                      roze Feb 13, 2007 05:21 PM

                      The box is huge!!!! I could easily eat about 6- 10 peices a night. I got about 50- great boyfriend!!!

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                        Quine Feb 13, 2007 05:34 PM

                        Damned, we should all have that problem! Delight in your friend, share with others. What can be more fun than to see the OMG look on a person's face when they get first taste? I am truely serious. Pay it forward...

                      2. revsharkie Feb 13, 2007 04:47 PM

                        Keep??? KEEP????!!!!

                        Eat 'em!

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                          msbo78 Feb 13, 2007 03:34 PM

                          Don't keep them in the fridge. The moisture is terrible for chocolate. Just keep in the coolest place you can and eat them fast!

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