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Why Does My Chocolate Taste Chalky?

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  1. Chalky-tasting chocolate usually happens due to improper storage, exposure to fluctuating temperatures, or a manufacturing flaw. When chocolate is exposed to high temperatures or humidity, it can develop a whitish film, a condition known as “chocolate bloom.” This alteration occurs when cocoa butter crystallizes, giving the chocolate a gritty, dry, or chalky taste. It can also result from poor quality or mishandling during production. Ensuring proper storage in a cool, dry place and avoiding temperature changes will help maintain its quality. I’ve encountered this with poorly stored chocolates, affecting taste and texture. Optimal storage preserves chocolate’s smoothness and flavor.

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