Storage Information: How To Store Chocolates

THE POD CHOCOLATES RECOMMENDED STORAGE CONDITIONS

DEFINITIONS:

“best before” means the date by which the chocolates are recommended to be eaten to enjoy them at their best and freshest. This is a guideline only and many flavours will be fine to eat for several weeks providing our storage recommendations are followed.

“use by” or “eat before” means the latest date that you should eat a product in order to ensure it is fresh and fit for consumption.

All The Pod Chocolates products have “best before” guidance. None of our products require “use by” or “eat before” deadlines.



TRADITIONAL CHOCOLATES

 DAIRY CREAM TRUFFLES

Our selections of Dairy Cream truffles contain dairy products and should be stored in a refrigerator away from any residual dampness. This is easy to do by popping the chocolate box inside a freezer bag before placing in the fridge.

Best before guidance is to eat within 3 weeks of purchase to enjoy the truffles flavours at their best. This is a guideline as chocolate truffles containing alcohol will be good for several weeks providing they are stored in a refrigerator. They will come to no harm left out of a fridge for a while prior to eating, or handing round at social occasions.

Should you wish to post these chocolates we recommend 1st Class Royal Mail as this minimises their time in non-refrigerated transport or storage. If taking them anywhere yourself we suggest that during warmer weather or in a heated car, you pop them into a cool bag.



FONDANT CREAM FILLED CHOCOLATES

Our fondant cream filled chocolates are recommended to be stored at normal room temperature, up to 18 degrees centigrade and away from any direct heat sources, strong smells or dampness. If warmer temperatures are expected we advise that they should be put in a cool place, in order to keep them in top condition. They do not normally require refrigerated storage.

Best before guidance is to eat within 3 months of purchase to enjoy these creams at their best.



LIQUEUR COLLECTION and CHERRY & KIRSCH LIQUEURS

All our liqueurs are recommended to be stored at normal room temperature, up to 18 degrees centigrade and away from any direct heat sources, strong smells or dampness. If warmer temperatures are expected we advise that they should be put in a cool place, in order to keep them in top condition. They do not normally require refrigerated storage.

Best before guidance is to eat within 6 months of purchase to enjoy these liqueurs at their best.



NUT BUTTERS, CARAMELS AND PRALINES COLLECTION

Our nut butters, caramel and praline filled chocolates are recommended to be stored at normal room temperature, up to 18 degrees centigrade and away from any direct heat sources, strong smells and dampness. If warmer temperatures are expected we advise that they should be put in a cool place, in order to keep them in top condition. They do not normally require refrigerated storage.

Best before guidance is to eat within 6 months of purchase to enjoy these chocolates at their best.



VARIETY COLLECTION

Our variety collection chocolates are recommended to be stored at normal room temperature, up to 18 degrees centigrade and away from any direct heat sources, strong smells or dampness. If warmer temperatures are expected we advise that they should be put in a cool place, in order to keep them in top condition. They do not normally require refrigerated storage.

Best before guidance is to eat within 4 months of purchase to enjoy this selection at its best. Any chocolates containing alcohol have an extended best before guidance to eat within 6 months of purchase.



BARISTA SPECIALIST COFFEE COLLECTION

Our Barista Collection chocolates are recommended to be stored at normal room temperature, up to 18 degrees centigrade and away from any direct heat sources, strong smells or dampness. If warmer temperatures are expected we advise that they should be put in a cool place, in order to keep them in top condition. They do not normally require refrigerated storage.

Best before guidance is to eat within 6 months of purchase to enjoy these chocolates at their best.



COFFEE CREAMS

Our coffee cream chocolates are recommended to be stored at normal room temperature, up to 18 degrees centigrade and away from direct heat sources, strong smells and dampness. If warmer temperatures are expected we advise that they should be put in a cool place, in order to keep them in top condition. They do not normally require refrigerated storage.

Best before guidance is to eat within 6 months of purchase to enjoy these chocolates at their best.



HANDMADE TRADITIONAL CHOCOLATE BARS

All our chocolate bars are made from white, milk or dark Belgian chocolate, or a combination of more than one of these.

The best before guidance for our chocolate bars varies from several months from date of purchase for white chocolate based bars, typically around 12 months for milk chocolate and up to 18 months for dark chocolate.

In the case of chocolate bars with honeycomb our best before guidance is to eat within 4 months to enjoy these bars at their best. All others have many months before their best before guidance is reached.

We recommend storage at normal room temperature up to 18 degrees centigrade, away from direct heat source, strong smells and dampness. Refrigerated storage is not normally required but in temperatures above 20 degrees centigrade you may wish to pop your bars in the refrigerator. To keep them in top condition we advise that you put them into a damp proof container or freezer bag to guard against any residual dampness from the fridge spoiling the appearance of the chocolate.



VEGAN CHOCOLATES

VEGAN TRUFFLES

Our selections of Vegan truffles contain active plant based ingredients and should be stored in a refrigerator away from any residual dampness. This is easy to do by popping the chocolate box inside a freezer bag before placing in the fridge.

Best before guidance is to eat within 2 weeks of purchase to enjoy the truffles flavours at their best.. They will come to no harm left out of a fridge for a while prior to eating, or handing round at social occasions.

Should you wish to post these chocolates we recommend 1st Class Royal Mail as this minimises their time in non-refrigerated transport or storage. If taking them anywhere yourself we suggest that during warmer weather or in a heated car, you pop them into a cool bag.



VEGAN HANDMADE CHOCOLATE BARS

Our vegan bars are made from dark Belgian chocolate or moofree® milk substitute chocolate and have best before guidance of many months. The exception is our vegan honeycomb bar where our best before guidance is to eat within 4 months of purchase.

We recommend storage at normal room temperature up to 18 degrees centigrade, away from direct heat source, strong smells and dampness. Refrigerated storage is not normally required but in temperatures above 20 degrees centigrade you may wish to pop your bars in the refrigerator. To keep them in top condition we advise that you put them into a damp proof container or freezer bag to guard against any residual dampness from the fridge spoiling the appearance of the chocolate.



SUGAR FREE CHOCOLATE

Definition: by using the term “sugar free” we mean chocolate which is sweetened without any manufactured or refined sugar. Our sugar free Belgian chocolate is sweetened with Maltitol. Sugar free chocolate contains a small amount of naturally occurring sugars within its ingredients, such as in the milk sugar, lactose. It can also be referred to as “no added sugar” chocolate.



SUGAR FREE* TRUFFLES

Our selections of Sugar Free truffles contain dairy products and should be stored in a refrigerator away from any residual dampness. This is easy to do by popping the chocolate box inside a freezer bag before placing in the fridge.

Best before guidance is to eat within 3 weeks of purchase to enjoy the truffles flavours at their best. They will come to no harm left out of a fridge for a while prior to eating, or handing round at social occasions.

Should you wish to post these chocolates we recommend 1st Class Royal Mail as this minimises their time in non-refrigerated transport or storage. If taking them anywhere yourself we suggest that during warmer weather or in a heated car, you pop them into a cool bag.



SUGAR FREE HANDMADE CHOCOLATE BARS

All our sugar free bars are made from white, milk or dark Belgian chocolate sweetened with maltitol, or a combination of more than one of these. The best before guidance for our sugar free chocolate bars varies from several months from date of purchase for white chocolate based bars, typically around 12 months for milk chocolate and up to 18 months for dark chocolate.

We recommend storage at normal room temperature up to 18 degrees centigrade, away from direct heat source, strong smells and dampness. Refrigerated storage is not normally required but in temperatures above 20 degrees centigrade you may wish to pop your bars in the refrigerator. To keep them in top condition we advise that you put them into a damp proof container or freezer bag to guard against any residual dampness from the fridge spoiling the appearance of the chocolate.