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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Question re: chocolate baking squares

    I have some Bakers brand unsweetened and semisweet baking chocolate
    squares that have been in the back of the cupboard, (you know what I'm
    doing today)
    I can't find an expiration or use by date on the box. The paper on the
    chocolate and the chocolate look as good as new but I know they have
    to be a few years old. I checked the Bakers web site and found nothing
    about expiration dates.
    Could the chocolate have lost some of it's intergity? Does it "go bad"
    or loose it's strength?

    I'm getting ready to make the Texas Doodle Pie and don't want to ask
    "Where's the chocolate?"

    TIA for any ideas.

    koko
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    "There is no love more sincere than the love of food"
    George Bernard Shaw

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    Mark Thorson Guest

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    Mark Thorson Guest

  4. #4
    pavane Guest

    Default Re: Question re: chocolate baking squares


    <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    |I have some Bakers brand unsweetened and semisweet baking chocolate
    | squares that have been in the back of the cupboard, (you know what I'm
    | doing today)
    | I can't find an expiration or use by date on the box. The paper on the
    | chocolate and the chocolate look as good as new but I know they have
    | to be a few years old. I checked the Bakers web site and found nothing
    | about expiration dates.
    | Could the chocolate have lost some of it's intergity? Does it "go bad"
    | or loose it's strength?
    |
    | I'm getting ready to make the Texas Doodle Pie and don't want to ask
    | "Where's the chocolate?"
    |
    | TIA for any ideas.

    It neither goes bad nor looses its integrity. It does not loose its strength.
    One of the constants of world war II C-Rations is that the chocolate
    bars are still good. Fear not.

    pavane



  5. #5
    pavane Guest

    Default Re: Question re: chocolate baking squares


    <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    |I have some Bakers brand unsweetened and semisweet baking chocolate
    | squares that have been in the back of the cupboard, (you know what I'm
    | doing today)
    | I can't find an expiration or use by date on the box. The paper on the
    | chocolate and the chocolate look as good as new but I know they have
    | to be a few years old. I checked the Bakers web site and found nothing
    | about expiration dates.
    | Could the chocolate have lost some of it's intergity? Does it "go bad"
    | or loose it's strength?
    |
    | I'm getting ready to make the Texas Doodle Pie and don't want to ask
    | "Where's the chocolate?"
    |
    | TIA for any ideas.

    It neither goes bad nor looses its integrity. It does not loose its strength.
    One of the constants of world war II C-Rations is that the chocolate
    bars are still good. Fear not.

    pavane



  6. #6
    hahabogus Guest

    Default Re: Question re: chocolate baking squares

    "pavane" <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:481e5666$0$7072$[email protected]:

    >
    > <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >|I have some Bakers brand unsweetened and semisweet baking chocolate
    >| squares that have been in the back of the cupboard, (you know what
    >| I'm doing today)
    >| I can't find an expiration or use by date on the box. The paper on
    >| the chocolate and the chocolate look as good as new but I know they
    >| have to be a few years old. I checked the Bakers web site and found
    >| nothing about expiration dates.
    >| Could the chocolate have lost some of it's intergity? Does it "go
    >| bad" or loose it's strength?
    >|
    >| I'm getting ready to make the Texas Doodle Pie and don't want to ask
    >| "Where's the chocolate?"
    >|
    >| TIA for any ideas.
    >
    > It neither goes bad nor looses its integrity. It does not loose its
    > strength. One of the constants of world war II C-Rations is that the
    > chocolate bars are still good. Fear not.
    >
    > pavane
    >
    >
    >


    the only worry is chocolate mold...that's when the
    chocolate turns white-ish.

    --

    The house of the burning beet-Alan

    A man in line at the bank kept falling over...when he got to a teller he
    asked for his balance.


  7. #7
    hahabogus Guest

    Default Re: Question re: chocolate baking squares

    "pavane" <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:481e5666$0$7072$[email protected]:

    >
    > <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >|I have some Bakers brand unsweetened and semisweet baking chocolate
    >| squares that have been in the back of the cupboard, (you know what
    >| I'm doing today)
    >| I can't find an expiration or use by date on the box. The paper on
    >| the chocolate and the chocolate look as good as new but I know they
    >| have to be a few years old. I checked the Bakers web site and found
    >| nothing about expiration dates.
    >| Could the chocolate have lost some of it's intergity? Does it "go
    >| bad" or loose it's strength?
    >|
    >| I'm getting ready to make the Texas Doodle Pie and don't want to ask
    >| "Where's the chocolate?"
    >|
    >| TIA for any ideas.
    >
    > It neither goes bad nor looses its integrity. It does not loose its
    > strength. One of the constants of world war II C-Rations is that the
    > chocolate bars are still good. Fear not.
    >
    > pavane
    >
    >
    >


    the only worry is chocolate mold...that's when the
    chocolate turns white-ish.

    --

    The house of the burning beet-Alan

    A man in line at the bank kept falling over...when he got to a teller he
    asked for his balance.


  8. #8
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Question re: chocolate baking squares

    On Sun 04 May 2008 05:44:46p, hahabogus told us...

    > "pavane" <[email protected]> wrote in
    > news:481e5666$0$7072$[email protected]:
    >
    >>
    >> <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>|I have some Bakers brand unsweetened and semisweet baking chocolate
    >>| squares that have been in the back of the cupboard, (you know what
    >>| I'm doing today)
    >>| I can't find an expiration or use by date on the box. The paper on
    >>| the chocolate and the chocolate look as good as new but I know they
    >>| have to be a few years old. I checked the Bakers web site and found
    >>| nothing about expiration dates.
    >>| Could the chocolate have lost some of it's intergity? Does it "go
    >>| bad" or loose it's strength?
    >>|
    >>| I'm getting ready to make the Texas Doodle Pie and don't want to ask
    >>| "Where's the chocolate?"
    >>|
    >>| TIA for any ideas.
    >>
    >> It neither goes bad nor looses its integrity. It does not loose its
    >> strength. One of the constants of world war II C-Rations is that the
    >> chocolate bars are still good. Fear not.
    >>
    >> pavane
    >>
    >>
    >>

    >
    > the only worry is chocolate mold...that's when the
    > chocolate turns white-ish.
    >


    That's not usually mold, just a result of temperature and humidity, in
    which it is harmless.

    --
    Wayne Boatwright
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    -------------------------------------------
    Countdown till Memorial Day
    3wks 6hrs 10mins
    -------------------------------------------
    Never drive a car when you're dead.
    (Tom Waits)
    -------------------------------------------


  9. #9
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Question re: chocolate baking squares

    On Sun 04 May 2008 05:44:46p, hahabogus told us...

    > "pavane" <[email protected]> wrote in
    > news:481e5666$0$7072$[email protected]:
    >
    >>
    >> <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>|I have some Bakers brand unsweetened and semisweet baking chocolate
    >>| squares that have been in the back of the cupboard, (you know what
    >>| I'm doing today)
    >>| I can't find an expiration or use by date on the box. The paper on
    >>| the chocolate and the chocolate look as good as new but I know they
    >>| have to be a few years old. I checked the Bakers web site and found
    >>| nothing about expiration dates.
    >>| Could the chocolate have lost some of it's intergity? Does it "go
    >>| bad" or loose it's strength?
    >>|
    >>| I'm getting ready to make the Texas Doodle Pie and don't want to ask
    >>| "Where's the chocolate?"
    >>|
    >>| TIA for any ideas.
    >>
    >> It neither goes bad nor looses its integrity. It does not loose its
    >> strength. One of the constants of world war II C-Rations is that the
    >> chocolate bars are still good. Fear not.
    >>
    >> pavane
    >>
    >>
    >>

    >
    > the only worry is chocolate mold...that's when the
    > chocolate turns white-ish.
    >


    That's not usually mold, just a result of temperature and humidity, in
    which it is harmless.

    --
    Wayne Boatwright
    -------------------------------------------
    Sunday, 05(V)/04(IV)/08(MMVIII)
    -------------------------------------------
    Countdown till Memorial Day
    3wks 6hrs 10mins
    -------------------------------------------
    Never drive a car when you're dead.
    (Tom Waits)
    -------------------------------------------


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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Question re: chocolate baking squares

    On Sun, 4 May 2008 20:35:53 -0400, "pavane" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >
    ><[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    >|I have some Bakers brand unsweetened and semisweet baking chocolate
    >| squares that have been in the back of the cupboard, (you know what I'm
    >| doing today)
    >| I can't find an expiration or use by date on the box. The paper on the
    >| chocolate and the chocolate look as good as new but I know they have
    >| to be a few years old. I checked the Bakers web site and found nothing
    >| about expiration dates.
    >| Could the chocolate have lost some of it's intergity? Does it "go bad"
    >| or loose it's strength?
    >|
    >| I'm getting ready to make the Texas Doodle Pie and don't want to ask
    >| "Where's the chocolate?"
    >|
    >| TIA for any ideas.
    >
    >It neither goes bad nor looses its integrity. It does not loose its strength.
    >One of the constants of world war II C-Rations is that the chocolate
    >bars are still good. Fear not.
    >
    >pavane
    >

    Thank you pavane.

    koko
    ---
    http://www.kokoscorner.typepad.com
    updated 5/04
    "There is no love more sincere than the love of food"
    George Bernard Shaw

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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Question re: chocolate baking squares

    On Sun, 4 May 2008 20:35:53 -0400, "pavane" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >
    ><[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    >|I have some Bakers brand unsweetened and semisweet baking chocolate
    >| squares that have been in the back of the cupboard, (you know what I'm
    >| doing today)
    >| I can't find an expiration or use by date on the box. The paper on the
    >| chocolate and the chocolate look as good as new but I know they have
    >| to be a few years old. I checked the Bakers web site and found nothing
    >| about expiration dates.
    >| Could the chocolate have lost some of it's intergity? Does it "go bad"
    >| or loose it's strength?
    >|
    >| I'm getting ready to make the Texas Doodle Pie and don't want to ask
    >| "Where's the chocolate?"
    >|
    >| TIA for any ideas.
    >
    >It neither goes bad nor looses its integrity. It does not loose its strength.
    >One of the constants of world war II C-Rations is that the chocolate
    >bars are still good. Fear not.
    >
    >pavane
    >

    Thank you pavane.

    koko
    ---
    http://www.kokoscorner.typepad.com
    updated 5/04
    "There is no love more sincere than the love of food"
    George Bernard Shaw

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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Question re: chocolate baking squares

    On Mon, 05 May 2008 00:44:46 GMT, hahabogus <[email protected]> wrote:

    >"pavane" <[email protected]> wrote in
    >news:481e5666$0$7072$[email protected]:
    >
    >>
    >> <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>|I have some Bakers brand unsweetened and semisweet baking chocolate
    >>| squares that have been in the back of the cupboard, (you know what
    >>| I'm doing today)
    >>| I can't find an expiration or use by date on the box. The paper on
    >>| the chocolate and the chocolate look as good as new but I know they
    >>| have to be a few years old. I checked the Bakers web site and found
    >>| nothing about expiration dates.
    >>| Could the chocolate have lost some of it's intergity? Does it "go
    >>| bad" or loose it's strength?
    >>|
    >>| I'm getting ready to make the Texas Doodle Pie and don't want to ask
    >>| "Where's the chocolate?"
    >>|
    >>| TIA for any ideas.
    >>
    >> It neither goes bad nor looses its integrity. It does not loose its
    >> strength. One of the constants of world war II C-Rations is that the
    >> chocolate bars are still good. Fear not.
    >>
    >> pavane
    >>
    >>
    >>

    >
    >the only worry is chocolate mold...that's when the
    >chocolate turns white-ish.


    None of that, thank you.

    koko
    ---
    http://www.kokoscorner.typepad.com
    updated 5/04
    "There is no love more sincere than the love of food"
    George Bernard Shaw

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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Question re: chocolate baking squares

    On Mon, 05 May 2008 00:44:46 GMT, hahabogus <[email protected]> wrote:

    >"pavane" <[email protected]> wrote in
    >news:481e5666$0$7072$[email protected]:
    >
    >>
    >> <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>|I have some Bakers brand unsweetened and semisweet baking chocolate
    >>| squares that have been in the back of the cupboard, (you know what
    >>| I'm doing today)
    >>| I can't find an expiration or use by date on the box. The paper on
    >>| the chocolate and the chocolate look as good as new but I know they
    >>| have to be a few years old. I checked the Bakers web site and found
    >>| nothing about expiration dates.
    >>| Could the chocolate have lost some of it's intergity? Does it "go
    >>| bad" or loose it's strength?
    >>|
    >>| I'm getting ready to make the Texas Doodle Pie and don't want to ask
    >>| "Where's the chocolate?"
    >>|
    >>| TIA for any ideas.
    >>
    >> It neither goes bad nor looses its integrity. It does not loose its
    >> strength. One of the constants of world war II C-Rations is that the
    >> chocolate bars are still good. Fear not.
    >>
    >> pavane
    >>
    >>
    >>

    >
    >the only worry is chocolate mold...that's when the
    >chocolate turns white-ish.


    None of that, thank you.

    koko
    ---
    http://www.kokoscorner.typepad.com
    updated 5/04
    "There is no love more sincere than the love of food"
    George Bernard Shaw

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    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: Question re: chocolate baking squares

    Wayne Boatwright wrote:
    >
    > That's not usually mold, just a result of temperature and humidity,
    > in which it is harmless.


    Known in the business as fat bloom.

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    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: Question re: chocolate baking squares

    Wayne Boatwright wrote:
    >
    > That's not usually mold, just a result of temperature and humidity,
    > in which it is harmless.


    Known in the business as fat bloom.

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    cybercat Guest

    Default Re: Question re: chocolate baking squares


    <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >I have some Bakers brand unsweetened and semisweet baking chocolate
    > squares that have been in the back of the cupboard, (you know what I'm
    > doing today)
    > I can't find an expiration or use by date on the box. The paper on the
    > chocolate and the chocolate look as good as new but I know they have
    > to be a few years old. I checked the Bakers web site and found nothing
    > about expiration dates.
    > Could the chocolate have lost some of it's intergity?


    Chocolate has no integrity.



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    cybercat Guest

    Default Re: Question re: chocolate baking squares


    <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >I have some Bakers brand unsweetened and semisweet baking chocolate
    > squares that have been in the back of the cupboard, (you know what I'm
    > doing today)
    > I can't find an expiration or use by date on the box. The paper on the
    > chocolate and the chocolate look as good as new but I know they have
    > to be a few years old. I checked the Bakers web site and found nothing
    > about expiration dates.
    > Could the chocolate have lost some of it's intergity?


    Chocolate has no integrity.



  18. #18
    Giusi Guest

    Default Re: Question re: chocolate baking squares

    <[email protected]> ha scritto nel messaggio
    news:[email protected]..
    >>"pavane" <[email protected]> wrote in
    >>> <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>>|I have some Bakers brand unsweetened and semisweet baking chocolate
    >>>| squares that have been in the back of the cupboard, (you know what
    >>>| I'm doing today)
    >>>| I can't find an expiration or use by date on the box. The paper on
    >>>| the chocolate and the chocolate look as good as new but I know they
    >>>| have to be a few years old. I checked the Bakers web site and found
    >>>| nothing about expiration dates.
    >>>| Could the chocolate have lost some of it's intergity? Does it "go
    >>>| bad" or loose it's strength?
    >>>|
    >>>| I'm getting ready to make the Texas Doodle Pie and don't want to ask
    >>>| "Where's the chocolate?"
    >>>|
    >>>| TIA for any ideas.
    >>>
    >>> It neither goes bad nor looses its integrity. It does not loose its
    >>> strength. One of the constants of world war II C-Rations is that the
    >>> chocolate bars are still good. Fear not.
    >>>
    >>> pavane
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>

    >>
    >>the only worry is chocolate mold...that's when the
    >>chocolate turns white-ish.

    >
    > None of that, thank you.
    >
    > koko


    But bloom means absolutely nothing when cooking with chocolate. It's
    unattractive on eating chocolate, but reintegrates when it's cooked. In
    days past people ate delicious things that spent a year on a ship, months in
    a warehouse and possibly more months in a wagon to get to them. That
    mattered for oysters, but for things like chocolate and whole grains, it was
    OK.



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    Giusi Guest

    Default Re: Question re: chocolate baking squares

    <[email protected]> ha scritto nel messaggio
    news:[email protected]..
    >>"pavane" <[email protected]> wrote in
    >>> <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>>|I have some Bakers brand unsweetened and semisweet baking chocolate
    >>>| squares that have been in the back of the cupboard, (you know what
    >>>| I'm doing today)
    >>>| I can't find an expiration or use by date on the box. The paper on
    >>>| the chocolate and the chocolate look as good as new but I know they
    >>>| have to be a few years old. I checked the Bakers web site and found
    >>>| nothing about expiration dates.
    >>>| Could the chocolate have lost some of it's intergity? Does it "go
    >>>| bad" or loose it's strength?
    >>>|
    >>>| I'm getting ready to make the Texas Doodle Pie and don't want to ask
    >>>| "Where's the chocolate?"
    >>>|
    >>>| TIA for any ideas.
    >>>
    >>> It neither goes bad nor looses its integrity. It does not loose its
    >>> strength. One of the constants of world war II C-Rations is that the
    >>> chocolate bars are still good. Fear not.
    >>>
    >>> pavane
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>

    >>
    >>the only worry is chocolate mold...that's when the
    >>chocolate turns white-ish.

    >
    > None of that, thank you.
    >
    > koko


    But bloom means absolutely nothing when cooking with chocolate. It's
    unattractive on eating chocolate, but reintegrates when it's cooked. In
    days past people ate delicious things that spent a year on a ship, months in
    a warehouse and possibly more months in a wagon to get to them. That
    mattered for oysters, but for things like chocolate and whole grains, it was
    OK.



  20. #20
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Question re: chocolate baking squares

    In article <[email protected]>,
    hahabogus <[email protected]> wrote:

    > the only worry is chocolate mold...that's when the
    > chocolate turns white-ish.


    It's called "bloom." It's not mold and it's not about safety.
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