Let’s start off by identifying two things that would affect one’s decision of whether or not it is okay to eat expired chocolate.
Of course, there is a need to check whether or not it is still considered safe to eat expired chocolate. The next thing to consider is its flavor. You wouldn’t want to eat chocolate that tastes like cardboard paper, now would you?
Bryn Kirk, a course facilitator at the Chocolate University Online, shared that these two factors, safety and flavor, should be one of the first few things to consider if you have found an expired chocolate bar stocked away in those cabinet drawers.
If the chocolate has gone through various temperature changes, there is a high chance that it may no longer be safe to eat. Keep in mind that temperature change allows the growth of bacteria. If a chocolate bar melts and cools down right after, condensation forms. This paves the way for bacteria to settle and mold to grow. Even if you cannot see it, it’s there.
Now, if you are confident that the chocolate bar has not gone through temperature changes for the past year or so, then feel free to indulge yourself with the treat.
The next thing you should consider is the flavor. This would often depend on the type of chocolate that you have. If it is milk chocolate, there is a high chance that it’s already too late to consume as it will taste rancid. At times, it may even taste like cardboard paper.
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Even if you are planning to melt it and use it as pastry toppings, the dairy milk will give it an off-flavor. It’s safe to eat, but the flavor will no longer taste great.
On the other hand, dark chocolate may still be good to eat but intensity of the chocolate flavor will no longer be as high as before. Nevertheless, it would still be okay to eat.
Kirk suggested that it would be best to use expired dark chocolate as frosting, you can grate it over ice cream or even use it as hot fudge.