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I have semi-sweet chips that I just got out of the cabinet and they have a light brown chalky appearance. Will they be ok to bake with? Expiration on package is Oct 2012
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Discolored Chips

posted at 12/2/2011 12:05 PM EST
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I have semi-sweet chips that I just got out of the cabinet and they have a light brown chalky appearance. Will they be ok to bake with? Expiration on package is Oct 2012

Re: Discolored Chips

posted at 12/2/2011 12:23 PM EST
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Not to worry.  Chocolate chips will aquire a "bloom" if the cabinet where they were stored was a bit warm.  Sometimes even normal room temp will cause them to get that light brown chalky look.  Taste them - probably o.k.

Re: Discolored Chips

posted at 12/2/2011 12:25 PM EST
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When tasting, just a few will do.  My chocoholic neighbor would probaly taste all the way through the bag! lol!

Re: Discolored Chips

posted at 12/2/2011 1:44 PM EST
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i have cooked chocolate chips when they are like that don't think it will hurt you

Re: Discolored Chips

posted at 12/2/2011 1:44 PM EST
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Yesterday I bought a bag of the Skinny Cow Chocolate Clusters -- When I opened the first bag they were a VERY chalky, light color - almost gray.  I knew that waqs because of an unfortunate temperature change - nothing bad or dangerous.  I ate 'em.
Cathy - your chips really are OK.   In the future you could keep them in the freezer.

Re: Discolored Chips

posted at 12/2/2011 2:16 PM EST
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Cathy, I have used the discolored ones to make fudge since I didn't want to put them in cookies.  Turned out just fine when the chocolate melted. 

Good idea to keep them in a cool place or in the freezer to avoid the bloom.

Re: Discolored Chips

posted at 12/2/2011 7:41 PM EST
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when using the chips that have a "bloom" for cookies you do not notice it either.  Once they are mixed in with the dough and baked one chip looks like another.
But I do taste one or two or three or more chips every time I bake..just to be sure they are alright...quality control ya know.Innocent

Re: Discolored Chips

posted at 12/2/2011 9:18 PM EST
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hee hee --- one chip looks like another --- hee hee.  You're right Nikki and you're right that taste testing is a necessary step for quality control.

Re: Discolored Chips

posted at 12/5/2011 1:10 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Discolored Chips:
Yesterday I bought a bag of the Skinny Cow Chocolate Clusters -- When I opened the first bag they were a VERY chalky, light color - almost gray.  I knew that waqs because of an unfortunate temperature change - nothing bad or dangerous.  I ate 'em. Cathy - your chips really are OK.   In the future you could keep them in the freezer.
Posted by Nancy G


Did you like the Skinny Cow clusters, Nancy?

Re: Discolored Chips

posted at 12/5/2011 5:37 AM EST
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The white appearance on the chips has no affect on the flavor.  You will use them to bake with anyway.

Re: Discolored Chips

posted at 12/5/2011 6:19 AM EST
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The bloom on chocolate doesn"t  hurt anything.

Re: Discolored Chips

posted at 12/5/2011 6:34 AM EST
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OK all you chocoholics!!! That is why cookie baking is dangerous to our figures. Mine has bloomed just as the chocolate chips! Laughing

Re: Discolored Chips

posted at 12/5/2011 7:36 AM EST
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Angela ...............
Laughing  LOL LOL LOL LOL
My figure is blooming too

Re: Discolored Chips

posted at 12/5/2011 8:23 AM EST
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Yup, they will be just fine even in bloom!!

Re: Discolored Chips

posted at 12/5/2011 9:01 AM EST
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Once they are baked in the cookies, the heat will make them normal color.  I don't think chocolate chips ever go bad, but one time I found a bag that had somehow hidden itself for I don't know how long.  Some of the chips had sort of tuned into powder.  The powder tasted fine so I used them in muffins and they gave the muffins a nice chocolaty color and flavor.
A warning about butterscotch chips, though.  If they are kept too long they will develop a funny soapy taste.  it must be from the other stuff that is added when they manufacture them.

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