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What is the gray coating on the surface of my baking chocolate?

Help! I went to bake with my chocolate and there is something gray or white on the surface. Is it mold? Is it usable?

No worries: that gray–white cloudy covering on your chocolate is called "bloom", and it is simply the result of being stored for a while at a somewhat warm temperature. What you're seeing is a result of some of the melted fat migrating to the surface. Your chocolate is still perfectly good for eating and cooking.

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