How to Store Chocolate… For Emergencies… ;)
With the holidays, there is no shortage of chocolate… but what if one day it was no longer available?
What would happen if one day you do encounter a disaster? Let’s pretend you are stuck at home, no where to go or way to get there, and you actually have to live on exactly what you have in your food storage! (Gasp! – from most of us…)
If you are like many people, you probably have a few pounds of wheat, rice, beans and maybe some canned foods that your family eats most often. You even have a couple gallons of water! Good for you!
Let’s skip ahead a couple of days, maybe even just hours. And pretend you have children ;). Ages 10, 7, 5 and 2. It’s day 4 and this “spending family time together” is getting really old! You have already played all the card games, board games, hide and seek, and are all story – timed out. A little incentive would be really nice to bribe the kids to be kind and “stop bugging your sister!” I don’t know about you, but my kids will do just about anything for some chocolate, bubble gum… or even a lollipop! You need to have SoMeThInG for them to look forward to as far as food goes. Beans. Again. Aren’t gonna cut it!
Most candies will last at least 6 months if they are sealed and kept in a cool, dry place. M&M’s can last about a year if they are sealed tight! 6 months isn’t all that long, you say? Well, that’s why we love rotating our food now, isn’t it?
Keeping things in your food storage that your family usually consumes is both wise and delicious! If you ever have to use your food storage in an emergency it doesn’t have to be torture! Make sure to get the basics that will sustain your family and then get foods (and sweets your family will eat.
If you aren’t sure what you need for basic food storage, you aren’t alone. People around the world are recognizing the wisdom in stocking up food for emergencies but don’t know where to start. Make sure to check out our food storage calculator which will help you calculate the basic food storage your family needs to survive and keep track of what you have so you can rest easy, knowing your family is prepared.
Do you store snacks? What are your favorites? Post in the comments below and start a conversation!
Opening photo by John Loo