We are often surprised by some of the National calendar days: National Sleep in Public Day, National Ugly Truck Day, National Send a Card to a Friend Day, National Egg Frying on Sidewalk Day, and there are hundreds more crazy ones where those came from. At Wilmar we have decided that every day is better with chocolate, so we made up MUNCH – Made Up National Chocolate Holidays, and each MUNCH includes our favorite food! We welcome ideas for any MUNCH day you would like to see us honor. Send ideas to our FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/wilmarchocolates/
When people think of Wisconsin, they think of cows and farmers and cheese. And yes, all of those imaginings are part of reality here in Wisconsin, and we are very proud of them. But the cows and farmers contribute to the chocolate industry in Wisconsin too. Wisconsin chocolatiers are end users for the rich cream, the unsalted butter, the vitamin packed milk that come from local farmers. We are proud makers and purveyors of cream rendered caramels, unbeatable butter toffee, silky smooth truffles, and delectable double chocolates. Each of these using milk, cream, or butter sourced from our local dairy farms. Because of this partnership, Wisconsin is blessed with one of the highest ratios of chocolate shops per capita in the US.
Be proud Wisconsinites! Be proud of our farmers, our cows, our cheese, and our chocolate!
Congrats to our two winners! Our store winner is Jane Vanden Heuvel. She donated her giant chocolate bunny to Harbor House, making many people happy. Our online winner is Tammy Roskom Kasten. She was ready to start in eating her prize right away! Both were delighted to win and very grateful. Jane guessed 15223, Tammy guessed 15051. The actual count of Runts was 15228.
The answer depends on what kind of chocolate you are trying to keep and how you keep it. Blocks of chocolate and plain chocolate bars have a fairly long shelf life. Kept cool (under 50º), dry (less than 50% humidity), and away from light sources this kind of chocolate is still fragrant and edible for approximately three months. Filled chocolates using fresh ingredients – dairy, fruit, nuts – like we do at Wilmar, are not as sturdy. Truffles and caramel selections are the most fragile and should be eaten with 10 days of purchase. Under the best circumstances these chocolates can last longer and still be safe to eat but there is no guarantee that they will be as soft, smooth, or delicious as they would have been closer to the purchase date. For many of our other chocolates we recommend three to four weeks at the outside. Again they will likely be good and safe to eat after that amount of time, but the quality may have deteriorated.
Our recommendation? Eat your chocolate soon after you buy it or receive it as a gift. If you need to keep your chocolate longer find a storage place where the temperature is under 50º, under 50% humidity, and without direct light or sunlight.
Temperature and humidity controlled storage at Wilmar
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