Incorrect storage will have a negative impact on the quality of your chocolates and macarons.
To prevent this from happening here are some useful tips.
How should I store my chocolate?
To maintain the freshness of your chocolate, we recommend that you store your CACAO chocolates in a cool and dry place away from heat and direct sunlight. The optimum holding temperature of our chocolate is between 15 – 20 ̊C with low humidity. Please remember to never leave your chocolates in a parked car for any length of time.
It is also important that you don’t keep your chocolates near any perfumed items such as soaps, and spices or vegetables with strong odours such as garlic. As the cocoa butter in the chocolate readily absorbs odours, be sure to store your chocolate away from such items as they may affect the taste and quality of the product.
If stored correctly, CACAO chocolates can have a six months shelf life. However, we suggest to eat your chocolate selections while they are still fresh to best enjoy the full flavour profile of the chocolate. In simple terms, keep it cool, dry and away from odours.
How long do macarons last for?
CACAO macarons are made from natural ingredients without the use of any preservatives. Therefore, they should be eaten within seven days of purchase.
If you are not eating them straight away it is recommended to store them in the fridge for up to seven days. Since macarons are best enjoyed at room temperature, we suggest that you take them out of the fridge half an hour before you are ready to have them.
Please don’t freeze your macarons as they are extremely fragile and if frozen, ice crystals can form within the delicate meringue shell. When the macarons are left to defrost, these ice crystals will create moisture which, in turn, will cause the light shell of the meringue to collapse.
The best way to enjoy a macaron is to eat it fresh at room temperature.