What makes vanilla ice cream taste so delicious? Besides the cream, sugar, and eggs, you guessed it. Chocolate syrup!
Although chocolate itself freezes into a solid mass that can be shaved like cheese or cubed by the spoonful like an ice cube (if for some reason you will need that), melted chocolate is a liquid.
You can make so many delicious sweet treats with chocolate syrup that you need to have it on hand.
An emergency backup is also a good idea. For extended storage of food staples, backup supplies are kept in the freezer.
This brings us to our main question: Can chocolate syrup be frozen? In this article, we will learn how to store and freeze chocolate syrup.
Plus, we will share tips so that you can get the most out of your frozen chocolate syrup. We’ll also cover what to do with it after you’ve thawed it.
Does Freezing Affect Chocolate Syrup?
We need to discuss two types of chocolate syrup: store-bought and homemade.
It doesn’t matter if you’re using Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup. It will last up to 18 months if it is kept in your refrigerator.
This is due to the gums and preservatives that were used during manufacturing.
You might get a tar-like consistency if you put it in the freezer.
This will make it difficult to return to its original smooth liquid form.
Even if you warm it up and thaw it, it will likely have a grainy consistency.
It is best to keep it in the fridge with a good sealant lid.
On the other hand, freezing can be a different experience if you have homemade chocolate syrup with all-natural ingredients such as cocoa powder, sugar, and vanilla extract.
Before we get on to the good stuff, let’s clarify why you are considering freezing your chocolate syrup to store it.
Chances are, you won’t be able to finish the whole container in one go.
A few spoonfuls here and a taste there will quickly deplete your supply of this all-time favorite condiment.
The solution? You can freeze chocolate syrup so that you’ll have it on hand anytime you want for a quick dessert.
How to Freeze Homemade Chocolate Syrup?
If you got this far, we assume that you already made a batch of your very own chocolate syrup.
What are the steps to freeze homemade chocolate syrup?
Here’s an easy four-step process:
1 – Freeze the Chocolate Syrup in Portion Sizes.
If you plan to store your chocolate syrup in the freezer for a long time, it is best to freeze it in 1/4 cup or 1 tbsp. Portions. This will make thawing and using easy.
2 – Line Your Containers with Cling Film.
After you’ve lined your containers with cling film, fill them up with the frozen chocolate syrup.
You can use airtight containers as long as you line them with cling film to prevent freezer burns and contamination.
3 – Freeze.
Now that your chocolate syrup is ready for the freezer throw it in there and get it on ice.
This will ensure safe storage even after a few months of freezing.
4 – Label Your Containers.
You might forget what is in your containers if they are not well-labeled, so be sure to put labels on them.
You should include the date when you first froze your chocolate syrup, as most of your homemade chocolate syrups will last up to six months in the freezer.
How to Freeze Store-bought Chocolate Syrup?
Freezing store-bought chocolate syrup is allowed as long as it is not filled with artificial food additives.
If you have a store-bought chocolate syrup with safe ingredients, follow these steps:
Step 1: Remove the cap of your chocolate syrup and slowly pour it into a glass jar.
The container should be clean, dry, and cool before storing the liquid food in it for freezing.
Step 2: Put a lid back on the jar tightly.
The label first your jar with “chocolate syrup” and date it to avoid confusion when you use this.
Step 3: Freeze the jar for a few hours or overnight in your freezer until it hardens to make sure that you will be able to pour out the syrup when needed.
Step 4: When you need to defrost and use the chocolate syrup, run some hot water on your container briefly.
(Please be advised that the liquid chocolate will start to thaw and heat up).
You can also put it in a bowl with some warm water.
Do these steps until your syrup is soft enough for pouring out from the container.
Use as you would normally use your store-bought chocolate syrup.
Step 5: To keep your freezing process, remelt the chocolate in hot water when you are ready to use it.
How Long Does Chocolate Syrup Last in the Freezer?
Frozen chocolate syrup can be kept in airtight containers for up to a year if it is properly stored.
This is because freezer temperatures are very low, and food does not age or spoil as quickly.
If you want to enjoy a glass of chocolate syrup with your favorite coffee drink, it’s better to make it fresh every time.
This is recommended because it will give you the best taste and texture.
However, if you want to store some for later use or stock up on this, you can either keep the canned original or make your syrup at home.
How to Thaw Frozen Chocolate Syrup?
Do not let frozen chocolate syrup thaw at room temperature.
It would be best if you defrosted it in the refrigerator or place some warm water on the container briefly.
It’s best to keep in mind that pour warm water on a container too often can make the syrup thinner and not as tasty.
Once the syrup has thawed, you can use it as you would normally use it. Avoid refreezing the syrup.
It will change its texture and flavor to something that you might not like.
How to Tell if Chocolate Syrup is Bad?
Look and smell are always the first telltale signs of determining if something is spoiled.
If you have a bad container of chocolate syrup, it will look unnatural – different colors or appear to be separated inside the container.
Also, its color can change from original brown color to greasy consistency.
Sometimes there might be an addition of water or any other liquid inside the syrup after thawing.
Other signs of bad chocolate syrup are mold or curdling, and it may have a sour smell.
There will be some changes in its color and texture, but that is not always the sign for you to discard the syrup.
The melted store-bought chocolate sauce can be separated when left in the refrigerator.
But if the syrup has a sour smell, it will be safer to throw that away immediately because this is not good for your health.
In conclusion, chocolate syrup is a great addition to any coffee or smoothie.
It can be used for many desserts and drinks.
If you will keep some for your family or your own, you should follow the steps provided above about freezing chocolate syrup.
And if you want to make your own instead of buying that, there are many recipes from which you can choose one and start making something delicious.