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CHOCOLATES, PREMIUM GOURMET, HANDMADE (INCLUDING CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES), ASSORTED PIECES - UNOPENED OR OPENED PACKAGE

Pantry
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2-3 weeks (best quality)
Refrigerator
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2-3 months (best quality)
Freezer
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6 months (best quality)

Tips

  • How long do handmade gourmet chocolates last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep handmade gourmet chocolates in a cool, dry area and keep covered.
  • To maximize the shelf life of handmade gourmet chocolates after opening, place in tightly sealed airtight container or heavy-duty plastic bag.
  • Refrigerate any handmade chocolates that contain fresh dairy products as fillings.
  • How long do handmade gourmet chocolates last at room temperature? Properly stored, handmade gourmet chocolates will last for about 2 to 3 weeks at normal room temperature.
  • When exposed to overly warm or humid temperatures, chocolate may develop a white film - this affects appearance only; the chocolate will still be safe to eat.
  • Should you refrigerate handmade gourmet chocolates? In hot, humid environments, handmade gourmet chocolates should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • How long do handmade gourmet chocolates last in the refrigerator? Handmade gourmet chocolates will keep well for about 2 to 3 months in the refrigerator.
  • Can you freeze handmade gourmet chocolates? Yes, freeze handmade gourmet chocolates in airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long do handmade gourmet chocolates last in the freezer? Properly stored, handmade gourmet chocolates will maintain best quality for about 6 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - handmade gourmet chocolates that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if handmade gourmet chocolates are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the handmade gourmet chocolates: discard any that have an off smell or appearance; if mold appears, discard the handmade gourmet chocolates.

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