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Chocolate Drying White? Here’s What Might Be Happening to Your Sweet Treats!

What’s happening to my chocolate?! Why is it drying white?!

Is it racist chocolate? Did it get a tan? Did it get sunburnt? Did it get old? Did it get weird? Did it get scared? Did it get shocked? Did it get dazed and confused? Did it get baked? Did it get toasted? Did it get grilled? Did it get broiled? Did it get microwaved?

– The chocolate was cheaply made

The chocolate was cheaply made.

I couldn’t help but notice that when I took it out of the wrapper.

I could tell from the texture, the way it snapped when I broke off a piece, and from the lack of any real taste.

It was just sweet and nothing else.

I was expecting a little more from this chocolate.

I took a bite and immediately my mouth was filled with the taste of cheap chocolate.

I couldn’t help but feel disappointed.

I had been looking forward to this chocolate and now that I had it, it was just not what I expected.

I wanted something that would be more flavorful, something that would be more rich.

I took another bite and this time I could taste a little bit of the quality that I was looking for.

The chocolate was starting to melt in my mouth and I could feel the richness of the cocoa.

I took another bite and this time the chocolate was just perfect.

It was exactly what I was looking for.

The problem was, I had already eaten half the bar.

– You left it in the fridge for too long

The chocolate was likely exposed to air for too long.

This can happen if it’s been left out at room temperature for an extended period of time or if the fridge is not set at the proper temperature.

The chocolate will start to dry out and turn white.

– You left it out in a hot car

If you left a bar of chocolate in a hot car it would melt.

When it cooled and hardened, it would be white.

This happens because when heated, the cocoa butter inside the bar turns to liquid and rises to the top, leaving behind the solid cocoa solids which sink to the bottom.

As the bar cools and solidifies, the cocoa butter solidifies into a white layer on top of the dark chocolate, giving it a white appearance.

– You exceeded the expiration date

You exceeded the expiration date:

White chocolate, unlike its dairy-free cousins, dark and milk chocolate, actually does have a fairly short shelf life.

This is due to the milk solids and other ingredients that are added to create the sweet, creamy taste.

White chocolate will generally stay fresh for up to a year when stored in a cool, dry place.

If you exceed the expiration date, your white chocolate may begin to dry out and become hard and crumbly.

It won’t be unsafe to consume, but it may not taste very good.

To keep your white chocolate fresh, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

To extend the shelf life, you can also store it in the refrigerator or freezer.

Be sure to label your white chocolate with the expiration date so you know when it’s time to replace it.

– It’s old (possibly vintage)

The chocolate coating on your candy bar might be drying white because of changes in the fat content and/or the sugar content.

If the chocolate is drying out, it might be because the ingredients are separating or because the chocolate is old.

If the chocolate is old, it might be because the manufacturer used old ingredients or because the chocolate was stored improperly.

If the chocolate is drying out because the ingredients are separating, you can try stirring the chocolate to remix it.

If the chocolate is old, you can try melting it and remixing it, or you can just throw it away.

The Bottom Line

Well, there are many reasons why your chocolate gets white specs and becomes grossly dried.

The chocolate was cheaply made.

You left it in the fridge for too long.

You left it out in a hot car.

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Emily W.

Emily Wong is an Asian-American food writer the founder of With nearly 8 years of experience, she has a passion for making cooking accessible to everyone and sharing her personal experiences with food. Emily's vision for is to create a community of food lovers who are passionate about cooking, eating, and sharing their experiences with others. Read my story
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