Over the past several years there have probably been thousands of articles written about food prepping. Topics run the gamut from the types of food you should store, how much to store, how to rotate, etc. But there’s one ingredient central to many people’s food intake that is often noticeably absent: chocolate.
You’ll read food prepping advice about sweets, but mostly in the form of sugar and honey. And you’ll read about how to spice up your cooking with herbs and spices. But very little thought is given to how to improved desserts.
Yes, maybe there won’t be a lot of dessert-making in a grid-down collapse scenario, at least at first. But eventually people are going to want to experience some sort of reminder of normal life, and for many that means chocolate.
That doesn’t mean that you can just go down to the store, buy a whole bunch of chocolate bars, and expect them to last for years. After all, the sugar and milk content of milk chocolate will cause it to go bad relatively quickly. I’m sure we’ve all stumbled across a bar of chocolate that we’ve forgotten, and that has subsequently been stored in hot conditions or just left on a shelf for years. Very often that chocolate ends up becoming unpalatable.
Even higher cocoa content chocolate doesn’t have a super long shelf life. So if you want to store chocolate for a survival scenario and ensure that you’ll still have some available when you want it, you’ll want to pay close attention to the form of chocolate you store.
Thankfully, other preppers have already experimented with various forms and types of chocolate, saving you from a bit of wasted effort. You can read some of those at Prep School Daily. So if you don’t want to take the time to taste spoiled chocolate yourself, now you don’t have to.
This is a reminder, too, to think about what foods you use on a regular basis and make a plan to incorporate them into your prepping routine. Nothing is too small or obscure to be part of your plan, as in a real survival situation sometimes it’s really the little things that make a big difference.