The freshest product, the Quotidian Bon-Bon way! Chocolate doesn't keep well on the shelf, unless it has been preserved or tempered. Most chocolate purchased off the shelf contains at least some additives to prevent separation and "bloom". Bloom is actually harmless. It's the granular or spotty appearance that occurs in chocolate that has begun to separate. As the cocoa butter separates from the cocoa, it forms bloom which is sometimes mistaken for mold. However, chocolate rarely actually molds. Tempering is a far preferable way of preventing bloom, but it takes longer and doesn't extend the shelf life as long as additives. This is why most Advent calendars sold in stores are preserved with additives since companies have to produce thousands or millions of pieces, all of which are sold in a very narrow window of time. While this is really harmless (not to mention very common), it's an unnecessary compromise for Quotidian Bon-Bon. We make our Q-Bon Calendars when the customer wants it and ship within 72 hours. This allows us to produce remarkably pure and fresh chocolate using only natural ingredients.