Chocolate: To store or not to store

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December 13, 2007

One question that invariably comes up when I talk about chocolate is how best to store it.

The glib answer is, the best place to store chocolate is in your mouth. The larger issues around chocolate storage are really cultural, I find.

In chocolate-loving European countries, the idea never comes up, as the approach to food in general and foods such as chocolate in particular is very different from ours here in the U.S. In Paris, for example, I noticed that people don’t have large apartments or even large refrigerators. So there’s a tendency to buy food in small quantities and to buy it often. If chocolate is part of the menu, you stop by the chocolate shop on your way home, and you pick up only what you need for that night.

Here, the tendency is to buy a large box, far more than can be eaten at one time. So we are faced with the challenge of figuring out what to do with the leftovers. Our first impulse is to refrigerate them. There’s nothing inherently wrong with refrigeration, but it should be considered a last resort, not a first choice.

How much chocolate do you buy at a time?

The first choice is to buy chocolate fresh and eat it right away. Where you buy chocolate is important. When you want to buy the best cheese, you don’t go to the convenience store; you go to a specialty cheese shop or gourmet store. You won’t find the best chocolate in your local drugstore; you’ll find it in a specialty or gourmet store. Ideally, the relationship you want to forge with your chocolatier is the relationship your grandmother wanted to have with her butcher: trust. You want to be able to walk into your chocolatier and say, “What’s good today?” and get great recommendations. That box of chocolate in the drugstore is probably at least six months old before it even makes it into the store.

If you can’t eat the chocolate right away, for whatever reasons, the best way to store it is at room temperature (66 to 72 degrees F), at as constant a temperature as possible, in a dark place, and away from strong odors. Rapid swings in temperature, exposure to bright light (i.e., the sun), storing it above the kitty litter box, and extended storage above 76 degrees should be avoided. If stored with these minimal precautions, even very high quality confections will last at least a week or two. Dark chocolate bars should last a year or more, and milk chocolate bars six months or more. Hopefully you’re not buying chocolate in such large quantities that you need to store it for this long.

If you find that you must store chocolate for longer periods of time, the enemies that must be thwarted are humidity and odor. I have found that the best place to store chocolate is in a wine fridge or wine cellar that also controls humidity. You can significantly extend the shelf life of your chocolates by keeping them at the same environmental conditions you would keep red wine. When stored in a wine cellar at red-wine conditions, you can confidently count on doubling the life of most confections. However, it’s important to let the chocolate stand at room temperature for several hours to warm up before you open the box.

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It’s cooling down and warming up that raises the most risks when storing chocolate. At no point do you want moisture to condense on the chocolate, and that can easily happen if there is a difference in humidity between the room and where you’re storing the chocolate. Moisture condensing on chocolate can cause sugar “bloom” (sugar crystals forming on the outside of the chocolate), which permanently ruins its texture.

If you are storing chocolate in a refrigerator or freezer, you also have to worry about the chocolate picking up odors from other items stored nearby.

Refrigerator/freezer storage guidelines

  1. Before storing, divide up the chocolate into individual portions.
  2. Wrap each portion in its own plastic bag and loosely cover with something moisture-absorbent. A piece of unbleached paper towel or napkin works. Remove as much air as you can without squishing the chocolates.
  3. Put the portions into the refrigerator.
  4. After 15 minutes, look to see if there is any moisture on the inside of the bag. If there is, replace the moisture-absorbent material and use a new bag.
  5. Put the individual portions into freezer-weight bags to protect them from odors. Double-bagging is recommended, as is putting paper towels in the freezer bags to absorb minute amounts of moisture (to prevent freezer burn).

At this point you can keep them in the fridge for three months or so, or pop them in the freezer for up to a year.

If you are storing chocolate in the freezer, remove only the portions you need and put them into the refrigerator for at least 8 to 12 hours to warm them up to fridge temperature.

From the refrigerator, take portions and put them in a dark place (a cupboard will do) to come to room temp, at least an hour or two before opening up the bag.

Editor’s note: Congratulations to Cynthia and Brooke who both won a copy of Clay’s book and some Moonstruck chocolates for having their entries drawn from the comments made before Dec 18, 2007 -- Enjoy, and tells us how you like the chocolate.

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1. by anonymous on Dec 14, 2007 at 12:28 PM PST

We get enough to last several days

2. by anonymous on Dec 14, 2007 at 12:31 PM PST

I pretty much buy chocolate every day.

3. by anonymous on Dec 14, 2007 at 12:49 PM PST

I eat chocolate nearly everyday!

4. by Mia on Dec 14, 2007 at 1:00 PM PST

Having grown up in Europe, I still buy groceries the European way. I only buy enough to last me a few days. And I buy my good chocolate in bars that I can easily eat in a day or two. When I buy truffles or something, I buy small amounts. Americans want to super-size everything and than waste it all.

5. by Anita on Dec 14, 2007 at 1:05 PM PST

I have two teenagers, so chocolate never lasts too long in our house. I will stock up if I know that I’ll be doing a lot of baking.

6. by hasama on Dec 14, 2007 at 1:24 PM PST

perfect gift for a chocoholic i know

7. by Linda on Dec 14, 2007 at 2:21 PM PST

Buy bulk chocolate and eat it all!! lol

8. by Janet Fricano on Dec 14, 2007 at 2:30 PM PST

I buy only the amount that I will eat in a couple of days.

9. by Suzanne Ward on Dec 14, 2007 at 2:33 PM PST

I only like to purchase enough to last a few days so that it tastes the absolute best it can.

10. by Gordon D on Dec 14, 2007 at 2:51 PM PST

Chocolate is Love!

11. by berwyn on Dec 14, 2007 at 3:00 PM PST

I stock up on chocolate when it is on sale after holidays. I use all forms of chocolate candy in my own cookie and cake recipes. I love to experiment when baking. There has been no form of chocolate candy that I could not use in my baking. It is fun to bake with and eat! thank you

12. by starsmom on Dec 14, 2007 at 3:06 PM PST

I buy a small amount at a time.......

13. by peg42 on Dec 14, 2007 at 3:07 PM PST

We tend to buy chocolate in bulk and then enjoy it over the course of several days. Thanks for the yummy contest. There’s nothing like chocolate!

14. by paryjeja on Dec 14, 2007 at 3:17 PM PST

I have been known to buy in quantity.

15. by christopher h on Dec 14, 2007 at 3:35 PM PST

this is fascinating, i’d never really thought of this before

16. by Linda Moeller on Dec 14, 2007 at 4:03 PM PST

SEND IT MY WAY! I have chocolate year round

17. by anonymous on Dec 14, 2007 at 4:40 PM PST

i love it to

18. by dianesprous on Dec 14, 2007 at 4:44 PM PST

I just eat it.

19. by Pam Morse on Dec 14, 2007 at 4:59 PM PST

I buy enough to stock up!

20. by jkershen on Dec 14, 2007 at 5:04 PM PST

I love to eat chocolate.

21. by Michelle Sharp on Dec 14, 2007 at 5:10 PM PST

I pretty much eat it as I get it.

22. by ezmerelda on Dec 14, 2007 at 5:37 PM PST

We pretty much eat it before it hangs around too long!

23. by susan1215 on Dec 14, 2007 at 5:56 PM PST

I eat it right away

24. by anonymous on Dec 14, 2007 at 6:01 PM PST

I seldom have chocolate around long enough for it to need freezing, although I have done it successfully.

25. by kycouple2000@hotmail.com on Dec 14, 2007 at 6:10 PM PST

I may not buy chocolate every day but I think about it nearly every day. WE have a great chocolate maker near our area - esther price.

26. by anonymous on Dec 14, 2007 at 6:36 PM PST

I usually buy chocolate in large amounts, as I don’t shop, except once a week or so.

27. by bhjustice on Dec 14, 2007 at 6:45 PM PST

I eat it before it gathers dust.

28. by cknapp on Dec 14, 2007 at 7:41 PM PST

I buy what I want for the week, take it out of whatever packaging it came in and usually put it into a zip top bag. This time of year when my favorite candy is availabel now and then not again until easter, I do buy enough to freeze.

29. by Tanta on Dec 14, 2007 at 7:55 PM PST

You know, I never thought about this question before! Chocolate rarely lasts more than a day or two at my house, but now if I do get a largish amount (say, as a gift) I definitely will be more careful about storing it to keep it fresh.

30. by ooodaisymaeooo on Dec 14, 2007 at 8:11 PM PST

I stock up! I still have Chocolate bars from Halloween and I’m proud to say I haven’t eaten all of it by now

31. by anonymous on Dec 14, 2007 at 8:25 PM PST

stock up.

32. by Teacher A on Dec 14, 2007 at 8:32 PM PST

Stock up.

33. by anonymous on Dec 14, 2007 at 8:38 PM PST

Are you kidding me! I always stock up! If I’m out of chocolate, I’m not a happy camper!

34. by Aisling on Dec 14, 2007 at 8:53 PM PST

There should always be chocolate in the house, so we buy enough to last for awhile.

35. by silverbele on Dec 14, 2007 at 9:19 PM PST

My mother made stuffed cabbage. As a child i didn’t like them but as an adult I like them. So I tried to make them and matched my mother’s recipie from memory.

36. by silverbele on Dec 14, 2007 at 9:19 PM PST

My mother made stuffed cabbage. As a child i didn’t like them but as an adult I like them. So I tried to make them and matched my mother’s recipie from memory.

37. by C Duran on Dec 14, 2007 at 9:22 PM PST

I always stock up.

38. by drming5k on Dec 14, 2007 at 9:22 PM PST

I dont eat chocolate often

39. by donna on Dec 14, 2007 at 9:27 PM PST

chocolate is wonderful, keep it on hand for everything

40. by valerie on Dec 14, 2007 at 10:23 PM PST

get my candy once a day for that day

41. by dawn on Dec 14, 2007 at 10:51 PM PST

I stockpile chocolate so I always have some.

42. by Julie Donahue on Dec 14, 2007 at 11:45 PM PST

I buy some for now and some for later--but never enough to wonder how to store it.

43. by katelyn on Dec 15, 2007 at 12:56 AM PST

enough for one day? who has that kind of restraint? i buy a few weeks worth... but then end up eating it faster... I wonder why?!
katelyncarter at hotmail dot com

44. by vboackle on Dec 15, 2007 at 2:55 AM PST

stock up of course.

45. by anonymous on Dec 15, 2007 at 3:22 AM PST

I stock up on chocolate whenever I can.

46. by anonymous on Dec 15, 2007 at 4:51 AM PST

I generally stock up on several different items. Usually some candy bars in case I get a real sweet tooth, some cookies, etc. But in case of an emergency (haha!) I always have chocolate chips in the pantry.

47. by Valerie Furr on Dec 15, 2007 at 5:06 AM PST

I always have chocolate in my house we love it and need it everyday to survive.

48. by Annette on Dec 15, 2007 at 5:13 AM PST

I stock up when it’s on sale.

49. by adonica on Dec 15, 2007 at 5:20 AM PST

I’d buy enough for that day ... If I stocked up on it I would be constantly eating it as I have no self restraint when it comes to chocolate.

50. by Deborah Wellenstein on Dec 15, 2007 at 5:26 AM PST

I buy it fresh. don’t need all that chocolate hanging around!

51. by denyse on Dec 15, 2007 at 5:59 AM PST

I usually stock up!

52. by arvard on Dec 15, 2007 at 6:28 AM PST

I purchase high quality chocolate and I buy it is small amounts to it is fresh. I love chocolate.

53. by AsTheNight on Dec 15, 2007 at 6:34 AM PST

I try to stock up!

54. by Angela on Dec 15, 2007 at 6:38 AM PST

I have a real problem eating all the chocolate in sight.. so I tend to try only to buy enough for one day.. or a few days at a time as if I buy in bulk I will tend to eat all of it and gain a zillion pounds :)

55. by buzzd on Dec 15, 2007 at 6:56 AM PST

I stock up

56. by anonymous on Dec 15, 2007 at 7:00 AM PST

I love chocolate and eat it a few times a week.

57. by Christina on Dec 15, 2007 at 7:06 AM PST

Just enough for the day! If’s it in the house, I’LL GORGE!!!

58. by maddgiggler on Dec 15, 2007 at 7:15 AM PST

Just enough for one day.

59. by Adriana on Dec 15, 2007 at 7:26 AM PST

Usually we stock up around the holidays and eat chocolate every day until we run out!

60. by Brooke Allen on Dec 15, 2007 at 8:02 AM PST

I usually buy it on sale... but it doesn’t usually last more than a week or two.

61. by redron on Dec 15, 2007 at 8:05 AM PST

only buy what I need when I need.

62. by inkypleez on Dec 15, 2007 at 8:17 AM PST

I am a confirmed chocoholic and stock up when I shop

63. by nataliero on Dec 15, 2007 at 8:36 AM PST

only buy what I need when I need

64. by anonymous on Dec 15, 2007 at 8:37 AM PST

I am always stocked for a chocolate emergency

65. by Tamara on Dec 15, 2007 at 8:46 AM PST

stock up. Thanks for the chance.

66. by EMMAHORTON on Dec 15, 2007 at 9:15 AM PST

I BUY WHEN IT IS ON SALE

67. by anonymous on Dec 15, 2007 at 9:38 AM PST

Gobble it.

68. by anonymous on Dec 15, 2007 at 9:40 AM PST

I prefer to buy for the day. That way I know if it fresh!

69. by pompomlover on Dec 15, 2007 at 9:54 AM PST

I’ve always got some chocolate around, just in case.

70. by blueviolet on Dec 15, 2007 at 10:07 AM PST

I usually buy whatever chocolate looks good to me that day and if it all gets eaten, fine, if not, there’s more for the next day.

71. by kitty on Dec 15, 2007 at 10:20 AM PST

I buy for a few days.

72. by Jennifer Barnett on Dec 15, 2007 at 10:32 AM PST

I tend to stock up.

73. by anonymous on Dec 15, 2007 at 10:35 AM PST

Who can leave chocolate for tomorrow? I buy for the day.

74. by anonymous on Dec 15, 2007 at 10:43 AM PST

i buy chocolate for the kids once a week

75. by Sunnyvale on Dec 15, 2007 at 10:57 AM PST

Mmmmm! Chocolate!

76. by kamewh on Dec 15, 2007 at 11:09 AM PST

Definitely stock up!

77. by ahedden on Dec 15, 2007 at 11:13 AM PST

stock up

78. by llinda29 on Dec 15, 2007 at 11:16 AM PST

just enough chocolate to eat that day

79. by Cosby Louderback on Dec 15, 2007 at 11:17 AM PST

Buy it every few days. I love chocolate.

80. by windycindy on Dec 15, 2007 at 11:32 AM PST

“Happy Holidays!” If it is more expensive chocolate, I only buy what is necessary because it tastes better fresh! Less expensive chocolate, I may buy a little more of! Thanks,Cindi

81. by sillelin on Dec 15, 2007 at 11:37 AM PST

I eat what I buy, so I only buy enough to eat. lol

82. by jo1brat on Dec 15, 2007 at 12:22 PM PST

First I do not believe that one can really ever have to much chocolate. However, I do buy fresh every couple of days. I was always taught to leave out so I never reaally thought about putting in fridge.

83. by naomi on Dec 15, 2007 at 12:26 PM PST

stock up, for sure!

84. by tuxedo51 on Dec 15, 2007 at 1:03 PM PST

I try to stock up but it never lasts long

85. by tillacat on Dec 15, 2007 at 1:22 PM PST

I tend to stock up....for a few days. Chocolate disappears quickly around here!

86. by Harriett Talford on Dec 15, 2007 at 1:56 PM PST

I buy something chocolate every few days. I can’t stock up too much because I will eat it all too soon!

87. by Tina12312 on Dec 15, 2007 at 2:01 PM PST

I definitely stock up - don’t want to run out. Thank you!

88. by Carol G on Dec 15, 2007 at 2:25 PM PST

Usually buy enough for 1 week

89. by RobsGirl123 on Dec 15, 2007 at 2:46 PM PST

I stock up - gotta have my comfort food!

90. by dn6511 on Dec 15, 2007 at 2:46 PM PST

Stock up., but I never seem to get enough to last!

91. by ksh123 on Dec 15, 2007 at 3:04 PM PST

I stock up in case of an emergency:)

92. by kayte71 on Dec 15, 2007 at 3:23 PM PST

I savor my Moonstruck truffles but my boyfriend gobbles them up, so storing is never an issue!

93. by kdday53 on Dec 15, 2007 at 3:36 PM PST

Would be great. I have 7 children And 14 grand.

94. by Sue Farrell on Dec 15, 2007 at 3:45 PM PST

I usually stock up since any decent store is 30 miles away

95. by slostrem on Dec 15, 2007 at 3:51 PM PST

I admit it--I stock up! I’m a chocoholic!

96. by Momma2Many66 on Dec 15, 2007 at 4:29 PM PST

I’d stock up, you can never have too much chocolate around the house !

97. by dusksunset on Dec 15, 2007 at 4:39 PM PST

I typically buy a 3 ounce size bar or two at at time when they’re on sale. This lasts me a month or so.

98. by patty4899 on Dec 15, 2007 at 4:53 PM PST

Usually only as I need it,

99. by sohamolina on Dec 15, 2007 at 4:54 PM PST

I eat it that day.

100. by coopersmom on Dec 15, 2007 at 4:57 PM PST

We get enough for a week at a time.

101. by anonymous on Dec 15, 2007 at 5:05 PM PST

Chocolate does not taste good after a few months so I might just buy what I need

102. by DePro on Dec 15, 2007 at 6:03 PM PST

I must have a constant supply from the freezer!

103. by Pamela937 on Dec 15, 2007 at 6:12 PM PST

I must have a supply of chocolate in my house.

104. by Colleen on Dec 15, 2007 at 6:23 PM PST

I usually buy just enough chocolate, eat it all and them go out and get more.

105. by Jennifer R on Dec 15, 2007 at 6:39 PM PST

I stock up!

106. by Pan Tangible on Dec 15, 2007 at 6:54 PM PST

Because I live 20 miles from town I HAVE to stock up or I’d spend all my time driving

107. by llinda29 on Dec 15, 2007 at 7:16 PM PST

just enough

108. by Tanta on Dec 15, 2007 at 8:27 PM PST

Because I detest grocery shopping, and am an American-trained shopper, I buy more than one day’s worth when I do shop. However, I now will pay more attention to how I store this precious commodity!

109. by Noreen on Dec 15, 2007 at 9:24 PM PST

I stock up, or I should my hubby buys for me and I eat it slowly

110. by fshapiro on Dec 15, 2007 at 9:25 PM PST

I always stock up!

111. by Ann Marie Walker on Dec 15, 2007 at 9:56 PM PST

I buy just enough for that day.

112. by Bandbabe on Dec 15, 2007 at 10:26 PM PST
113. by anonymous on Dec 16, 2007 at 3:21 AM PST

I live too far from the store so I have to stock up on chocolate.

114. by Christie on Dec 16, 2007 at 4:24 AM PST

I stock up. I never want to run out at 3am. The chocolate shakes are awful!

115. by inkypleez on Dec 16, 2007 at 5:26 AM PST

Chocolate has to be kept available at all times.

116. by anonymous on Dec 16, 2007 at 5:46 AM PST

i keep it for the kids

117. by EMMAHORTON on Dec 16, 2007 at 5:47 AM PST

THERE IS NOTHING TO STORE AFTER EVERYBODY GETS THEIR SHARE

118. by Jill Miller on Dec 16, 2007 at 5:47 AM PST

I can only keep a little stash, or my husband will eat every last bit.

119. by buzzd on Dec 16, 2007 at 6:12 AM PST

I stock up

120. by Susan Nielsen on Dec 16, 2007 at 6:36 AM PST

I only buy enough for the day.

121. by denyse on Dec 16, 2007 at 7:36 AM PST

I stock up!

122. by Carol G on Dec 16, 2007 at 8:38 AM PST

I stock up for at least a few days--depends on whether the grandchildren find it!

123. by idahomom on Dec 16, 2007 at 9:16 AM PST

Stock up because I am all about chocolate.

124. by Elaine on Dec 16, 2007 at 9:26 AM PST

I always have a stockpile!

125. by Patricia Mortimer on Dec 16, 2007 at 10:02 AM PST

I keep plenty!

126. by anonymous on Dec 16, 2007 at 10:03 AM PST

Who can keep chocolate around till the next day.

127. by Michael Mortimer on Dec 16, 2007 at 10:04 AM PST

We keep extra on hand since I’m a chocoholic

128. by Dave L on Dec 16, 2007 at 10:22 AM PST

I try to stock up, but it always disappears that day.

129. by sohamolina on Dec 16, 2007 at 10:32 AM PST

I eat it that day

130. by anonymous on Dec 16, 2007 at 11:15 AM PST

pies, cakes,cookies, brownies,fudge,hot chocolate, cold chocolate, mexican, cuban,dutch, swiss, yoohoo, its ALL GOOD.

131. by Pamela937 on Dec 16, 2007 at 11:15 AM PST

I stock up.

132. by Aisling on Dec 16, 2007 at 11:45 AM PST

Chocolate is a staple at our house, so we stock up and make sure there’s always some around.

133. by gabbygatorsmom on Dec 16, 2007 at 11:46 AM PST

I usually only buy a little to eat then, but when I find really good chocolates on sale, I sometimes buy a large amount, and put it in the freezer.

134. by annemarie56 on Dec 16, 2007 at 11:49 AM PST

I stock up. I can never have enough chocolate.

135. by Pam Morse on Dec 16, 2007 at 11:59 AM PST

Stock up!

136. by Jessica on Dec 16, 2007 at 12:35 PM PST

I don’t stock up-chocolate is far better when it’s fresh. I also love to try new varieties frequently.

137. by TheAngelForever on Dec 16, 2007 at 12:36 PM PST

We have a little on hand at all times.

138. by Jannet Tseng on Dec 16, 2007 at 12:48 PM PST

I will stock them up.

139. by blueviolet on Dec 16, 2007 at 1:03 PM PST

I really like to have chocolate on hand all the time. You never know when you’ll need it!

140. by blueviolet on Dec 16, 2007 at 1:03 PM PST

I really like to have chocolate on hand all the time. You never know when you’ll need it!

141. by cluster77 on Dec 16, 2007 at 1:03 PM PST

I only buy as I am in the mood for chocolate. If I had it around, I would eat it all of the time.

142. by kristen on Dec 16, 2007 at 1:38 PM PST

I’m definitely a stocker upper!

143. by hellokiki on Dec 16, 2007 at 1:39 PM PST

Only enough for one day -- I don’t trust myself around extra chocolate!

144. by Sunnyvale on Dec 16, 2007 at 1:42 PM PST

Chocolate is my passion.

145. by Pam on Dec 16, 2007 at 2:03 PM PST

I buy enough for a few days... and then eat it all within a day :)

146. by Peter on Dec 16, 2007 at 2:05 PM PST

I buy enough for at least a week. Love chocolate for drinks, snacks or cooking.

147. by Cosby Louderback on Dec 16, 2007 at 2:17 PM PST

The more the merrier.

148. by anonymous on Dec 16, 2007 at 2:36 PM PST

I eat it all the first day (hour?)

149. by tuxedo51 on Dec 16, 2007 at 2:38 PM PST

I buy it when I get a whim

150. by llinda29 on Dec 16, 2007 at 2:41 PM PST

enough for 1 day

151. by Joyce Pawlik on Dec 16, 2007 at 2:52 PM PST

Of course we stock up! We keep 700 bottles of French wine in the celler because of the remote possibility that we will declare war on France!

152. by tiffginn21 on Dec 16, 2007 at 3:36 PM PST

I’d buy enough for that day:) If I stocked up on it I would be constantly eating it as I have no self restraint when it comes to chocolate. I LOVE IT!!

153. by Joanna Smith on Dec 16, 2007 at 3:38 PM PST

I always stock up - at least once a day I need a chocolate fix so I am well prepared for when the urge comes over me!

154. by upholster on Dec 16, 2007 at 4:05 PM PST

I stock up.I don’t to run out.

155. by mullin on Dec 16, 2007 at 4:10 PM PST

I STOCK UP

156. by sillelin on Dec 16, 2007 at 4:19 PM PST

I eat what I buy, so I only buy enough to eat.

157. by artmarcia on Dec 16, 2007 at 4:54 PM PST

I stock up--I’d hate to run out. :)

158. by Anna on Dec 16, 2007 at 5:07 PM PST

I stock up!

159. by dianesprous on Dec 16, 2007 at 5:46 PM PST

I eat

160. by Sharon Seneker on Dec 16, 2007 at 7:13 PM PST

Hi! I stock up, but then I eat it all up! Now my New Year’s resolution will be once again to lose weight! Thanks!

161. by Dodo O on Dec 16, 2007 at 7:20 PM PST

Hm. Me alone in the house for a day with chocolate. Me = a chocoholic. Chocolate = to appetizing to resist. Stocking up = impossible.
I like to buy for the day.

162. by Pan Tangible on Dec 16, 2007 at 7:24 PM PST

I buy Moonstruck chocolates as gifts, and I’m sure they are eaten quickly. Who could resist?

163. by asharris on Dec 16, 2007 at 8:05 PM PST

One local chocolatier makes a particular type of dark chocolate I like, but since you have to buy at least a pound of it (aw, poor baby) I buy the pound. But I always store it at room temperature... and it lasts too short a time to spoil!

164. by anonymous on Dec 16, 2007 at 8:19 PM PST

I stock up on chocolate, but it never really lasts long because we all eat it quickly.

165. by Tanta on Dec 16, 2007 at 8:27 PM PST

Well, I have to stock up some, don’t I? What if I were to run out??!

166. by tikiroomteach on Dec 16, 2007 at 8:54 PM PST

I usually buy enough chocolate for just a few days.

167. by JoDanzer on Dec 16, 2007 at 8:56 PM PST

Stock up.

168. by bndraldy on Dec 16, 2007 at 8:57 PM PST

I am a chocoholic so I stock up when I shop. It’s never around long enough to worry about freezing it.

169. by Pamela937 on Dec 17, 2007 at 3:15 AM PST

Stock up.

170. by EMMAHORTON on Dec 17, 2007 at 4:17 AM PST

AFTER EVERYONE GETS WHAT THEY WANT, THERE IS NO CHOCHOLATE LEFT TO STORE

171. by blueviolet on Dec 17, 2007 at 4:40 AM PST

I like to keep little pieces of chocolate around like kisses. I won’t eat as much if I have it in smaller portions.

172. by Momma2Many66 on Dec 17, 2007 at 4:49 AM PST

I’d stock up and I’d also eat some right away !

173. by clc408 on Dec 17, 2007 at 5:28 AM PST

Chocolate-mmmm... can never have enough!

174. by Susan Nielsen on Dec 17, 2007 at 5:49 AM PST

one day at a time

175. by claudette flanigan on Dec 17, 2007 at 5:50 AM PST

I buy enough chocolate to keep my private stash full! Got to have chocolate!

176. by mariana on Dec 17, 2007 at 6:07 AM PST

I buy enough for that day or for a week or so, it depends.

177. by Linda Howard on Dec 17, 2007 at 6:18 AM PST

I usually eat chocolate everyday and stock up when the price is right.

178. by CKnapp on Dec 17, 2007 at 6:37 AM PST

I found myself at the store today buying more of that “special” chocolate I can only get at Christmas/Easter. I have to freeze it now. It will turn white (thats the cocoa butter coming to the surface) but the taste doesn’t really change. Its still WONDERFUL.

179. by farmers13 on Dec 17, 2007 at 6:58 AM PST

I always stock up. You never know when that urge for extra chocolate-chocolate brownies is going to hit.

180. by Leftytoo2 on Dec 17, 2007 at 7:07 AM PST

I have a large family, so chocolate doesn’t last long enough to store it. BUT, if I want it for a special occasion (like making candy), I store it in my closet. :-)

181. by arvard on Dec 17, 2007 at 7:08 AM PST

I buy chocolate fresh regularly and don’t stock it for a much time.

182. by anonymous on Dec 17, 2007 at 7:36 AM PST

I buy chocolate at least once a week. My whole family loves it

183. by inkypleez on Dec 17, 2007 at 7:55 AM PST

chocolate has to be around for any needed occasion

184. by Vida on Dec 17, 2007 at 8:04 AM PST

I buy enough to stock up who knows when I’ll need my next fix.

185. by Sonya on Dec 17, 2007 at 8:39 AM PST

I definitely stock up! Especially on the good stuff!

186. by sunlife9 on Dec 17, 2007 at 8:53 AM PST

I STOCK UP

187. by June Casey on Dec 17, 2007 at 8:59 AM PST

I buy a large, 72% cacao content chocolate bar once a week and store at room temperature, eating one or two squares per day.

188. by kristen on Dec 17, 2007 at 9:01 AM PST

I stock up!

189. by peg42 on Dec 17, 2007 at 9:03 AM PST

We like to stock up and we store it in the fridge. Love eating chocolate cold. Thanks for the giveaway.

190. by Amanda on Dec 17, 2007 at 9:13 AM PST

I try not to buy too much at once, so I don’t eat it all.

191. by susan1215 on Dec 17, 2007 at 9:22 AM PST

I keep chocolate on hand

192. by anonymous on Dec 17, 2007 at 9:26 AM PST

I tend to buy it all at once and savor it over a week or two

193. by anonymous on Dec 17, 2007 at 10:00 AM PST

Usually I think I am stocking up but it all disappears in a few days....

194. by sohamolina on Dec 17, 2007 at 10:13 AM PST

I try to store them.

195. by MCJunkie on Dec 17, 2007 at 10:18 AM PST

First of all I have to say I am very impressed with your site and had to sign up and I love to stock up with Chocolate and freeze it for when I have a sweet tooth which is very often. I love Food!

196. by Pam Morse on Dec 17, 2007 at 10:24 AM PST

Stock up!

197. by dbranden on Dec 17, 2007 at 10:25 AM PST

I stock up because I panic if there is no chocolate for me in the house!

198. by rosidentevil on Dec 17, 2007 at 10:33 AM PST

eat that day

199. by Amber Utpatel on Dec 17, 2007 at 10:38 AM PST

Stock up, you never know when a craving is going to hit!!

200. by mav246 on Dec 17, 2007 at 10:40 AM PST

I never stock up because I have no will power when it comes to chocolate!! In the past, I would buy extra with the intention of “saving” it and eat it all!

201. by Gordon Deakyne on Dec 17, 2007 at 10:45 AM PST

I live for sweets!

202. by pancak on Dec 17, 2007 at 12:17 PM PST

Enough for the day is all I get...I savor chocolate as a rare treat.

203. by Jessica Davidson on Dec 17, 2007 at 12:39 PM PST

I have a chocolate drawer in my kitchen ;-)

204. by Jannet Tseng on Dec 17, 2007 at 12:44 PM PST

I stock up.

205. by Cindy on Dec 17, 2007 at 12:49 PM PST

Buy in bulk and store in a dark cupboard. Eat daily.

206. by jayhawk1 on Dec 17, 2007 at 1:09 PM PST

Lots Of Chocolate and more chocolate!!!

207. by clallen1971 on Dec 17, 2007 at 2:37 PM PST

i like to buy enough chocolate so that i can store a little bit in the freezer. when i want chocolate i want it NOW and i don’t like having to wait to get my fix. thank you for a yummy contest

208. by sillelin on Dec 17, 2007 at 2:39 PM PST

I eat what I buy, so I only buy enough to eat. lol

209. by anonymous on Dec 17, 2007 at 3:24 PM PST

Chocolate, lots of it and there be none left over.

210. by Tanta on Dec 17, 2007 at 4:10 PM PST

Let’s see if I have this right. We buy as much as we can eat right now, eat it, and also buy enough to stock a wine refrigerator so we will have plenty to eat tomorrow, too. I like it!

211. by Sunnyvale on Dec 17, 2007 at 4:18 PM PST

I love chocolate, would like to have some around all the time.

212. by Janet on Dec 17, 2007 at 4:25 PM PST

I buy with the intention of stocking up. More times than not, it’s gone by the end of the day. It’s a weakness.

213. by Keisha N on Dec 17, 2007 at 4:28 PM PST

WHow do i buy chocolate? Well it really depends on alot of factors. for one if i buy when im out shopping or whatever id probably buy just for that day. But like when i go grocery shopping i definatly STOCK UP.. so yes i buy for that day and yes i buy to stock up . I love chocolate...but it has to be good chocolate not the cheap tasting kind.

214. by Laura Emerson on Dec 17, 2007 at 4:30 PM PST

I am one of those secret chocolate horders. I always feeling guilty about having something for myself so I kind of hide lots of candy around the house. This way I never have to say no and feel bad and there is always chocolate for those days when nothing but chocolate will do the trick!

215. by joni514 on Dec 17, 2007 at 4:47 PM PST

i don’t trust mysealf around chocolate...i buy just enough

216. by llinda29 on Dec 17, 2007 at 4:53 PM PST

just enough for 1 hour

217. by miriama59 on Dec 17, 2007 at 5:49 PM PST

Usually an impulse purchase for that very moment!

218. by robin on Dec 17, 2007 at 5:52 PM PST

Only enough for a short period. which varies. lol. Thanks for the contest.

219. by gamblerx17 on Dec 17, 2007 at 5:53 PM PST

I stock up, but just for a few days.

220. by rubykp on Dec 17, 2007 at 6:27 PM PST

i buy just enough for a day. i love chocolate! i like to try different kinds each time i shop for it.

221. by anonymous on Dec 17, 2007 at 6:27 PM PST

Mmmmmm... chocolate...

I stock up for a little bit, but not huge quantities.

222. by Jacqueline Strawder on Dec 17, 2007 at 6:46 PM PST

I keep chocolate on hand ALWAYS.

223. by Jill McNamara on Dec 17, 2007 at 7:02 PM PST

I actually have a secret stash of candy under my pillow. Well, had actually. Until my dog found it and got sick everywhere. I stock up.

224. by Alice on Dec 17, 2007 at 7:35 PM PST

I keep my chocolate hidden in my desk at work I always need a 3:00 chocolate fix

225. by ladypawnbroker on Dec 17, 2007 at 7:59 PM PST

We keep it stocked at our house! But we try not to let on that we do! LOL

226. by Deborah on Dec 17, 2007 at 8:05 PM PST

I am well stocked with chocolates! I love my chocolate cold...so you can always find chocolate in my freezer and fridge!

227. by dolls123 on Dec 17, 2007 at 8:32 PM PST

stock up

228. by anonymous on Dec 17, 2007 at 8:34 PM PST

I keep it well stocked

229. by Miss M on Dec 17, 2007 at 8:38 PM PST

I buy just enough to eat with great enjoyment because I tend to overindulge with chocolate.

230. by Sand on Dec 17, 2007 at 8:47 PM PST

I stock up on chocolate!

231. by cathy on Dec 17, 2007 at 8:53 PM PST

I ALWAYS STOCK UP

232. by lisalmg on Dec 17, 2007 at 8:58 PM PST

I always try to keep chocolate stocked up but sometimes I eat it all before I get a chance to buy more!

233. by Helen Beekman on Dec 17, 2007 at 9:01 PM PST

I love chocolate so always try to have some on hand, but not more than I can use within the month.

234. by Bakersdozen on Dec 17, 2007 at 9:18 PM PST

I have a large family and no matter how I try to have a secret stash, they always find it.

235. by Schlauberger on Dec 17, 2007 at 9:21 PM PST

I don’t have to worry about keeping chocolate fresh....Chocolate does not last very long in our household, we have 3 teenagers! (lol)

236. by Danika on Dec 17, 2007 at 9:25 PM PST

We buy chocolate only a little at a time as it is a special treat!

237. by fshapiro on Dec 17, 2007 at 9:33 PM PST

I always stock up on chocolate.

238. by jmh101377 on Dec 17, 2007 at 9:47 PM PST

always have it on hand love it :)

239. by Patricia Mortimer on Dec 17, 2007 at 9:47 PM PST

I buy extra just in case

240. by phillip stacy on Dec 17, 2007 at 9:48 PM PST

I tend to eat too much if I stock up with chocolate or ice cream.

241. by tnrsmama on Dec 17, 2007 at 9:53 PM PST

If I stocked up I’d be huge, so I buy just the amount I want to eat at the moment.

242. by Bernice Bacon on Dec 17, 2007 at 9:56 PM PST

I always buy more than I will eat in one day!

243. by jillian3445 on Dec 17, 2007 at 10:09 PM PST

I buy enough for a few days for myself. However; I always keep an extra stash for emergencies like a weepy friend stopping by etc. You never know when a chocolate emergency will arise and you have to be ready. The hidden away chocolate has helped many people in their time of need.

244. by Christine on Dec 17, 2007 at 10:11 PM PST

I tend to stock up on chocolate. Thank you!

245. by ecmcc on Dec 17, 2007 at 10:25 PM PST

I buy high quality chocolate to eat right away, and then I keep an emergency stash in my sock drawer, just in case (and watch out if you eat the last of it without replacing the supply!)

246. by Robert R on Dec 17, 2007 at 10:35 PM PST

most definitely i stock up...i do have SOME self-control...

247. by pammlla on Dec 17, 2007 at 11:04 PM PST

I don’t stck up as it would go bad before we ate it.

248. by drming5k on Dec 17, 2007 at 11:05 PM PST

Chocolate is a good aphrodisiac

249. by deemkooo on Dec 17, 2007 at 11:36 PM PST

oh stock up, of course! never run out!

250. by anonymous on Dec 17, 2007 at 11:55 PM PST

I stock up!

251. by anonymous on Dec 18, 2007 at 12:26 AM PST

I buy a piece at time at the candy store. I can’t be trusted with a full box of chocolate. :)

252. by Jannet Tseng on Dec 18, 2007 at 1:27 AM PST

I will stock it up!

253. by anonymous on Dec 18, 2007 at 1:45 AM PST

i buy it sparingly!

254. by anonymous on Dec 18, 2007 at 1:48 AM PST

I buy enough for the next day too.
Because if I get a craving for chocolate at 3AM and there’s none in the house, I’ll venture out into the cold night to get my fix. So I’ve learned to at least keep a one-day supply around.

255. by Charlene Kuser on Dec 18, 2007 at 2:47 AM PST

I buy it the day i eat it.I want it good and fresh

256. by Cynthia C on Dec 18, 2007 at 3:14 AM PST

I buy just a little. If I have it, I eat it.

257. by Pamela937 on Dec 18, 2007 at 3:15 AM PST

Stock up.

258. by blueviolet on Dec 18, 2007 at 3:17 AM PST

I usually have chocolate in one form or another all the time at home. If it’s not candy, it will be ice cream or cookies.

259. by inkypleez on Dec 18, 2007 at 3:22 AM PST

Keep a supply on hand you never know when you must have some.

260. by anonymous on Dec 18, 2007 at 3:23 AM PST

Stock up, yippee!

261. by EMMAHORTON on Dec 18, 2007 at 4:41 AM PST

WITH 6 KIDS AND 10 GRANDCHILDREN...GUESS HOW MUCH WILL BE LEFT IF I CAN GET IT IN THE HOUSE

262. by Maggie0352 on Dec 18, 2007 at 4:54 AM PST

I like to keep stocked up.

263. by anonymous on Dec 18, 2007 at 4:57 AM PST

Eat it while it’s fresh.

264. by paryjeja on Dec 18, 2007 at 5:10 AM PST

stock up

265. by anonymous on Dec 18, 2007 at 5:15 AM PST

just some at a time

266. by Catherine Campos on Dec 18, 2007 at 5:28 AM PST

I try to stock up, but sadly, it never lasts long somehow...about a day and a half usually :)

267. by Tamara on Dec 18, 2007 at 5:28 AM PST

Stock Up!

268. by denyse on Dec 18, 2007 at 5:48 AM PST

I stock up!

269. by kristen on Dec 18, 2007 at 6:06 AM PST

I stock up, have to!

270. by Kari Colledge on Dec 18, 2007 at 6:15 AM PST

Stock up :)

271. by rosannepm on Dec 18, 2007 at 6:44 AM PST

I keep it in the freezer, the pantry, on the counter, the top of the refrigerator. Never know when the urge for chocolate will strike.

272. by storm5 on Dec 18, 2007 at 6:53 AM PST

I luv chocolate

273. by jodene on Dec 18, 2007 at 7:25 AM PST

I stock up!

274. by Velma on Dec 18, 2007 at 7:29 AM PST

I can never buy enough chocolate for a day. If I buy enough for a lifetime, I would have a short life. I have to buy daily unfortunately it doesn’t last.

275. by anonymous on Dec 18, 2007 at 7:44 AM PST

I’d love to Discover Chocolate, in the pantry, the fridge in the candy dish and in my mouth..

276. by cpom on Dec 18, 2007 at 8:03 AM PST

We stock up!

277. by susan1215 on Dec 18, 2007 at 8:12 AM PST

I stock up

278. by Beverly Metcalf on Dec 18, 2007 at 8:24 AM PST

I love chocolate, so were always stocked up on it around here, especially around the Holidays!

279. by Pam Morse on Dec 18, 2007 at 9:13 AM PST

I Stock up for sure!

280. by Kathleen on Dec 18, 2007 at 9:29 AM PST

When I’m buying truly good chocolate, I only buy enough to be eaten within a couple of days.

281. by bndraldy on Dec 18, 2007 at 9:48 AM PST

I keep chocolate on hand at all times. You never can tell when a life or death chocolate attack might happen. Thanks so much for the cool contest!

282. by sohamolina on Dec 18, 2007 at 9:51 AM PST

I eat it daily.

283. by anonymous on Dec 18, 2007 at 10:54 AM PST

my wife went to switzerland for work and brought back the motherlode, yum yum.

284. by Carrie M on Dec 18, 2007 at 11:05 AM PST

I always have tons of chocolate around the house, I by more than enough for the day I am eating it because I never know when I will want more. Moonstruck makes delicious chocolates and is based out of my home town so I can get some anytime I want! YUMMMMMM! For anyone who has not tried it, it is fantastic, their truffles are to die for!

285. by Marie Noguerole on Dec 18, 2007 at 11:06 AM PST

I only stockpile during the holidays for the increase in visitors and gifting that may arise, but generally chocolate doesn’t last...it tastes so good it begs to be eaten.

286. by Lori Harrison on Dec 18, 2007 at 11:27 AM PST

i buy about a weeks worth at a time

287. by peg42 on Dec 18, 2007 at 11:53 AM PST

We like to store up, we keep it stored in the fridge.

288. by CATHY on Dec 18, 2007 at 11:54 AM PST

I ALWAYS STOCK UP ON CHOCOLATE

289. by OpusOne on Dec 18, 2007 at 12:02 PM PST

The drawing has closed, we will notify the winners today and announce them once the respond.

Thanks for joining in the conversation.

290. by anonymous on Oct 7, 2013 at 11:33 AM PDT

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