This Is What It Means if Your Chocolate Looks Dusty

Turns out, there's a scientific reason why chocolate can look dusty. Here's what it is, and why you shouldn't be too worried about it.

What is chocolate bloom?

The explanation for chocolate bloom is simple food science—it happens when the fat in chocolate separates from the rest of the candy. When chocolate is left in a warm place and melts, the fat in the chocolate (also known as the cocoa butter) will separate from the rest of the ingredients as it cools and reforms. Then, as the fat rises to the surface, it creates that white, dusty film.

In a similar process known as sugar chocolate bloom, the sugar will crystallize due to excess moisture. When that happens, you’ll typically see a speckled appearance on top of the candy bar.

No doubt you’ll come across a Snickers, Milky Way or Hershey bar with a weird bit of white dust or an off-coloured section. Here’s what to do when you find one.

Is bloomed chocolate safe to eat?

The short answer is yes, it’s safe. The taste may end up a little off, but it’s edible nonetheless.

If you’re uneasy about eating bloomed chocolate, but don’t want to waste the candy, use it for baking. Drop ’em into candy bar cookies, crush the candy bars to top chocolate-covered pretzels or stir pieces into candy bar brownies!

Next, check out 13 foods you should never eat past the expiration date.

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