Beat the Heat for Chocolate in Summertime

Beat the Heat for Chocolate in Summertime

Summertime can be tricky if you’re a chocolate lover. With blazing hot temperatures, how do you enjoy your favorite indulgence without everything melting into one big, sticky mess?

Chocolate starts softening at 85°F and will melt at 93°F. This means any chocolate left out on a hot summer day will quickly turn to gooey mush. Even though it will harden again as you return to a cooler temperature, it will have lost its temper – no, not the angry, explosive kind – this is a term derived from cacao butter, the fat naturally found in cacao.

Have you ever noticed white streaks in your chocolate bar? When chocolate loses its temper, it will be covered with white streaks of cocoa butter, known as a process called blooming. The good news is that it’s still ok for eating & baking, but it just doesn’t look as appealing.

Your goal when storing chocolate is to keep it below the softening point to preserve its temper. If your home has air conditioning, make sure your thermostat is not set above 75°F, and keep it in a cool dark place, away from direct sunlight.

Before placing an online order for chocolate, check out our website’s summer shipping policy: here at Sweet P’s we charge a flat rate of $18 for our Summer shipping, which includes an ice pack. If you’re mailing to a destination above 85 degrees, it’s recommended to select Express shipping for the fastest delivery. You’ll want to check that tracking number to make sure you’re there to welcome your shipment, because even a few hours outside are enough to cause your chocolate to melt.

Hopefully, these few tips and helpful reminders will keep you enjoying your chocolate all summer long, without the disappointing mess of melted treats. As always, we’ve got so many delicious options to choose from here at Sweet P’s!

Beat the Heat for Chocolate in Summertime

Summertime can be tricky if you’re a chocolate lover. With blazing hot temperatures, how do you enjoy your favorite indulgence without everything melting into one big, sticky mess?

Chocolate starts softening at 85°F and will melt at 93°F. This means any chocolate left out on a hot summer day will quickly turn to gooey mush. Even though it will harden again as you return to a cooler temperature, it will have lost its temper – no, not the angry, explosive kind – this is a term derived from cacao butter, the fat naturally found in cacao.

Have you ever noticed white streaks in your chocolate bar? When chocolate loses its temper, it will be covered with white streaks of cocoa butter, known as a process called blooming. The good news is that it’s still ok for eating & baking, but it just doesn’t look as appealing.

Your goal when storing chocolate is to keep it below the softening point to preserve its temper. If your home has air conditioning, make sure your thermostat is not set above 75°F, and keep it in a cool dark place, away from direct sunlight.

Before placing an online order for chocolate, check out our website’s summer shipping policy: here at Sweet P’s we charge a flat rate of $18 for our Summer shipping, which includes an ice pack. If you’re mailing to a destination above 85 degrees, it’s recommended to select Express shipping for the fastest delivery. You’ll want to check that tracking number to make sure you’re there to welcome your shipment, because even a few hours outside are enough to cause your chocolate to melt.

Hopefully, these few tips and helpful reminders will keep you enjoying your chocolate all summer long, without the disappointing mess of melted treats. As always, we’ve got so many delicious options to choose from here at Sweet P’s!

 


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