about chocolate in the fridge?

(77 Posts)

Please help settle an eternal argument chez Starfish.

I have just been presented with an evening cup of tea from DH, along with a surprise chocolate treat. Lovely. Except it's been in the blinking fridge and is therefore impossible to bite through and enjoy that proper melt in mouth chocolate thing.

He says he prefers it that way but he is wrong. Isn't he?

LittleNoona Sun 30-Jun-13 20:33:46

Absolutely he's wrong!

It must be room temp at most, slightly warmer than that is even better - it's soft and luscious...! Yum!

curiousgeorgie Sun 30-Jun-13 20:33:51

I'm with him. I love fridge chocolate. Fridge chocolate buttons in particular are amazing... wink

cardibach Sun 30-Jun-13 20:34:19

No, he is right. Nothing worse than slightly melted chocolate! Who bites through chocolate anyway? The correct method is to break off a square, then out it in your mouth until your body heat melts it. The colder it is to start, the more satisfying this is. smile

Haha, my DH does this as well, never mind, leave it a few minutes and it will be fine --and better that than being a pile of melted chocolate that looks a bit like...the contents of a nappy!--grin

wonderingsoul Sun 30-Jun-13 20:35:29

my dad puts it in the freezer!!!! so im at my parents and find chocolate in the fridge id be happy lol

SoftlySoftly Sun 30-Jun-13 20:36:51

Wrong but so it's melted chocolate. It has to be at optimum cool room temp.

<<gavel>>

BabsAndTheRu Sun 30-Jun-13 20:37:06

Love chocolate from the fridge, hate it any other way.

Smartieaddict Sun 30-Jun-13 20:37:28

He was wrong to put it in the fridge, but he has given it to you with warm tea, which surely makes up for the cold chocolate? A mouthful of tea should make sure the chocolate is properly melted and lovely in seconds.

DontmindifIdo Sun 30-Jun-13 20:37:38

Depends, dark chocolate or milk chocolate that has nothing added to it (such as buttons or dairy milk) should be in the fridge, but otherwise, room temp.

Thumbtack Sun 30-Jun-13 20:37:41

Oh me and my Dp argue over this!

How can you taste it if it's chilled?

Needs to be room temperature.

YANBU.

He also also dips his chocolate into cold yoghurt, but not tea? I mean, wtaf is that all about?

So wrong, chocolate from the fridge is horrible, brittle and doesn't taste of anything.

zoobaby Sun 30-Jun-13 20:38:40

What is it with men putting wrong things in the fridge? DP sneaks all sorts in there... Pretty much everything and anything. Except for drinks. What's that all about then?

LittleNoona Sun 30-Jun-13 20:38:59

I dip my chocolate into my tea! grin

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Sun 30-Jun-13 20:39:56

I'd take chocolate anyway I could get it right now!!

But to answer your question... it depends what mood I'm in!

But you don't have to tell him that - you can just tell him MN says he's wrong grin

Chocolate MUST be kept in the fridge in this weather. We always have Chocolate Digestives from the freezer.

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Sun 30-Jun-13 20:40:53

I need to know what your 'chocolate treat' is??

sewingandcakes Sun 30-Jun-13 20:41:13

I love chocolate from the fridge and am now compelled to go out to buy some

WafflyVersatile Sun 30-Jun-13 20:43:04

He is wrong. You are right.

I 'store' mine above the under-cupboard light so the warmth softens it.

Solari Sun 30-Jun-13 20:43:07

I do this. grin Its particularly nice for the 'melt in the mouth slowly' experience, and especially if its bubbly chocolate like Aero.

Chocolate in the freezer? Worse, BISCUITS?

Bloody hell. I am not telling DH, it will give him ideas.

He's redeemed himself by offering me the lion's share. It is a large bar of fruit and nut. Cheap and cheerful and should definitely therefore NOT be chilled. A bar of 80% Lindt dark I'd be less fussy about. It's thin after all and therefore melts quickly in the mouth, but a Fruit & Nut is a beast of a bar and impossible to eat when chilled.

Ah well, this is the man who puts back empty cardboard beer bottle carriers into the fridge after all hmm.

Bloody good thing he makes great tea.

LastTangoInDevonshire Sun 30-Jun-13 20:44:16

Chocolate should be straight out of the fridge.

BillComptonstrousers Sun 30-Jun-13 20:44:50

My grandad used to put a mars bar in the freezer then slice it up and put in on a plate for me, I've no idea why he did that but it was lovely!
And he would get two digestives, put two squares of dairy milk in between them and put it on top of the mantelpiece above the coal fire. The tension while I waited for the dairy milk to melt was sometimes unbearable!

MrsOakenshield Sun 30-Jun-13 20:44:53

milk chocolate in the fridge. Dark chocolate at room temperature.

MadBusLady Sun 30-Jun-13 20:45:03

Another vote for Mr Starfish. Warm chocolate all squishy and smeared and misshapen from the wrapper is minging. And you don't need to "bite" into it. Chocolate should be eaten in the manner of a camel, not a T rex.

Wiifitmama Sun 30-Jun-13 20:45:41

All chocolate must be in the fridge. Always. End of. I would keep it in the freezer if I wasn't scared of breaking my teeth smile

I hate fridge chocolate, DP always puts it in there. The worst was when he put my chocolate chip cookies in there and they went brittle and soggy at the same time angry

SelfRighteousPrissyPants Sun 30-Jun-13 20:47:56

It goes white if you put it in the fridge so he's definitely wrong!

Chocolate should be eaten in the manner of a camel, not a T rex grin grin

I am in a T-Rex kind of a mood... but hell I can't even break the pieces off with my hands as it's so bloody cold.

Tea now finished and still waiting for chocolate to warm up <taps fingers>

TeacupTempest Sun 30-Jun-13 20:48:29

Best not to but at a push milk chocolate can be fridged. Never, never (take not fil) fridge dark chocolate!

MrsOakenshield Sun 30-Jun-13 20:50:43

only dark chocolate goes white, SelfRighteous.

Jamie Oliver chocolate from the fridge is yum.

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Sun 30-Jun-13 20:50:45

I used to love sliced up Mars bar from the fridge. Mmmmmm.

Shroomboom Sun 30-Jun-13 20:51:59

I live in Belgium so therefore I 'know' - chocolate should never be put in the fridge and is best kept at room temperature. The chocolatiers to the Belgian royal family told me this, how can they be wrong?

DramaAlpaca Sun 30-Jun-13 20:52:54

Your DH is absolutely right. Chocolate must be kept in the fridge. Keeping it in the freezer, however, is taking it a bit too far.

We have learned the hard way in our house that you must never leave any chocolate at eye level in the fridge or it will be devoured by DH. DS3 has still not forgotten (or forgiven) the large bar of white chocolate that was "accidentally" eaten by his dad about five years ago! Chocolate has to be hidden right at the back of the fridge.

likesnowflakesinanocean Sun 30-Jun-13 20:57:27

my dad freezes all his chocolate even snickers grin. I agree with you doom temp or melted

Exactly Shroom. This has always been my argument to DH. If chocolate was meant for the fridge, why do chocolatiers not keep/sell chocolate from refrigerated cabinets?

Attempting first frosty bite of F&N...

PoppyWearer Sun 30-Jun-13 21:00:46

No chocolate in the fridge, ever! <gavel>

DuchessFanny Sun 30-Jun-13 21:00:56

My DH does this too, was most pissed off to find that he'd put my dairy milk in the fridge because the weathers a bit warmer than usual ... Doesn't he know I'm now going to have to wait for it to warm up a bit ?!
This is why I love Aussie Tim Tams - bite off the ends then suck coffee through the middle, sounds off but the melty chocolatey-ness is ammaaazing !

forevergreek Sun 30-Jun-13 21:03:58

Just had some lovely dark mint Lindt chocolate from the fridge.

Nottalotta Sun 30-Jun-13 21:03:58

He's wrong.

wonderingsoul Sun 30-Jun-13 21:04:06

billcomp My grandad used to put a mars bar in the freezer then slice it up and put in on a plate for me, I've no idea why he did that but it was lovely!

yess yess. that is his favourite chocolate in the freezer, but he does it with all, but he too cuts the mars bar up to eat.

how strange, but its made me smile that another dad does it grin

spotscotch Sun 30-Jun-13 21:04:58

Argh yanbu, DH puts chocolate in the fridge and it drives me nuts. It's so hard, you can't enjoy it!

Gagging for a bar of fruit and nut now...

catsmother Sun 30-Jun-13 21:06:17

Admittedly chocolatiers don't sell their stuff out of a fridge but I bet their shops have decent air conditioning and/or temperature regulators - or something.

I love chocolate - but it makes me feel very nauseous if it's not chilled first so I never unless I'm absolutely desperate eat it straight from a shop. Personally I prefer to eat my chocolate slowly, letting it melt in the mouth rather than chomp it down, so being cold is better for that. And I agree that frozen Mars or Snickers are great.

forevergreek Sun 30-Jun-13 21:06:54

Although dh does put everything in fridge! Bread/ whole fruit bowl etc... He says it saves cluttering up the sides

The freezer is for coffee and vodka

PearlyWhites Sun 30-Jun-13 21:07:43

Yabu chocolate is horrible unless its fridge cold

wonderingsoul Sun 30-Jun-13 21:08:10

forevergreek

i get the vodka in the freezer...but why coffee?

I just don't get DH's fridge/choc obsession when our kitchen stays lovely and cool all year round. It's north facing, walls about 2ft thick, flagstone flooring and plenty of dark, cool pantry style storage.

It's not going to melt even if it's 35 degrees outside! My chocolate is STILL too chilly to eat. Second cup of tea on the go...

Vodka in the freezer. Ditto limoncello. Coffee beans in the fridge, otherwise they are too hard to grind properly.

forevergreek Sun 30-Jun-13 21:16:39

Fresh ground coffee in the freezer keeps it fresh. Plus we don't drink it ourselves just guests so seems pointless grinding fresh each time for one/ two people

MrsHuxtable Sun 30-Jun-13 21:18:05

I prefer chocolate out of the fridge. DH doesn't.

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 30-Jun-13 21:18:36

He is wrong.

My dp puts cake in the fridge. Drives me bonkers.

wonderingsoul Sun 30-Jun-13 21:21:06

arr ok.. i thought it was some magic trick for it to taste nicer. blush

only have instant and was wondering how on earth it tasted better from the freezer lol.

Cake? Noooo. That's criminal alis!

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 30-Jun-13 21:28:43

I know! sad I've no idea where he's got the idea it's normal from Starfish but he will not accept it's completely wrong no matter how many times I shout gently explain.

DoJo Sun 30-Jun-13 21:29:58

He's wrong - it's too cold and hard and horrid and we frequently have to have his and hers chocolate to account for my husband's wrongness on the matter too!

freddiefrog Sun 30-Jun-13 21:30:22

It's an argument that features regularly here too

DH likes it from the fridge, I like it room temp, even better if it's just on the verge of melting. I hate it from the fridge.

It's a good excuse to buy double the chocolate, he keeps his in the fridge, I keep mine on top of the fridge

At bloody last. My fruit & nut has only now reached the desired eating temperature.

His and hers chocolate is the way forward. DH is now trying to snaffle some of my half after having pigged his down too quickly, when it was freezing cold.

I'm going to enjoy it, lingeringly, piece by piece grin

StuntGirl Sun 30-Jun-13 21:39:50

Utter madness. Anyone who eats chocolate from the fridge is just not quite right.

hazeyjane Sun 30-Jun-13 21:48:30

Ok

Dairy Milk - fridge
Galaxy - fridge
Green and blacks - room temp
Chocolate buttons - fridge (so ds can hold and suck them without causing HUGE amounts of mess)
Maltesers - freezer
Milka Daim - room temp
Any dark choc - room temp
Any mint chocolate - fridge
Terry's chocolate orange - fridge
Mars bar - room temp
Snickers - room temp
Chunky kitkat - fridge
any chocolate which is flaky, whipped, bubbly, ripple etc - fridge

I realise that I have thought too much about this.....

nannynick Sun 30-Jun-13 22:05:22

Dairy Milk big bar... room temp. Fridge ok on high temp days as long as taken out for 1/2 hour or so to warm up.

Dairy Milk Little Bars (the thin children's bars), lovely from the fridge. They are so thin that they crack and melt in the mouth quickly.

So I would agree with you as you have a fruit&nut bar, it needs to be room temp. Though some choc is nice from the fridge, thin choc like DM buttons, DM Little Bars.

MrsOakenshield Sun 30-Jun-13 22:09:33

what really irritates me is people who put jam and marmalade in the fridge. Cold marmalade on me toast? Yeuch! It's a fucking preserve, for god's sake, it's not going to go off! Grrrrrrrr.

Burmillababe Sun 30-Jun-13 22:13:30

YABU and so is he, a little bit! Chocolate needs at least an hour in the FREEZER before it can be eaten! I hate it when it is soft!

forevergreek Sun 30-Jun-13 22:16:25

We keep jams in fridge. It says to on jar, surely it's only sterile when not opened and onced opened you keep on fridge like many other things.

Jam- fridge
Ketchup- fridge
Marmite - fridge
Picked onions etc- fridge

Actually we have rather empty cupboards and very full fridge

Marmite in the fridge forever? whaaaaat?

I keep shop bought jams and chutneys in the fridge, but not home made. And never home made marmalade in the fridge, sacrilege.

Ketchup I'm with you on though, and pickled onions. Nothing worse than a warm pickled onion <shudder>

MrsOakenshield Sun 30-Jun-13 22:20:05

wow. I don't keep any of those in the fridge (never had pickled onions) and somehow I've reached the age of 41 with narry an ill-effect. Jam's sterility or otherwise has never even occured to me! It's crammed full of sugar, what on earth can go wrong with it?

mamachelle Sun 30-Jun-13 22:20:29

nothing better than chocolate straight from the fridge! i also throw mine in the fast freeze part of the freezer if i have just bought it so i can eat it quicker smile

exoticfruits Sun 30-Jun-13 22:22:40

I don't eat chocolate unless it has been in the fridge.
Dark chocolate - straight from the fridge- perfect.

Messandmayhem Sun 30-Jun-13 22:22:46

I think it's a man thing. Most of the men I know think chocolate should be refrigerated. Most women think it should be at room temperature. I like it a bit melty. Except Frys peppermint creams. You have to freeze those and suck them.

PipkinsPal Sun 30-Jun-13 22:26:30

Chocolate is not sold from the chiller cabinet so therefore it shouldn't go in the fridge. I don't put chocolate in the fridge because that is where my BF looks for it. I hide it all over the house. In my sewing box, the breadmaker, the laundry basket, the linen basket. If there were 3 bars of chocolate on show my BF would eat the lot in one sitting. I like to savour it. I found a piece of mint aero in a casserole dish once. Don't know how long it had been there but it was blumming lovely.

exoticfruits Sun 30-Jun-13 22:26:45

I don't think it is a man thing-in my experience most women like it straight from the fridge.

mum11970 Sun 30-Jun-13 22:27:05

Definitely fridge for my chocolate.

Loving the chocolate squirrelling, pipkins.

Now Fry's Peppermint from the freezer actually sounds divine...

exoticfruits Sun 30-Jun-13 22:32:47

If it is a 'man' thing they probably got it from their mothers.I have 3DSs and they grew up with chocolate in the fridge ( because it is nicer).

AnnaBegins Sun 30-Jun-13 22:35:30

Seems to be a man thing in our house - DH once ruined some lovely swiss liqueur chocolate by putting it in the fridge - the liqueur centres crystalised sad I have slowly trained him out of it.

But I have given in on jam and now put it in the fridge. Yes, it is a preserve and chock full of sugar, but it keeps him happy and by the time I've buttered my toast while fending off hungry cats it's usually cold anyway!

exoticfruits Sun 30-Jun-13 22:37:33

I keep jam in the fridge too.

LayMizzRarb Sun 30-Jun-13 22:41:02

If the bar is made by one of the big manufacturers or supermarket, it is not real chocolate, but chocolate compound. Cocoa solids mixed with vegetable fat/palm oil/ or in the case of American chocolate - parrafin wax. The American manufacturers do this to ensure chocolate does not melt, be it destined for the heat of death Valley or the snowy colder areas.

'Real' chocolate is made using cocoa solids and cocoa butter... I make it myself. Chocolatiers will not put chocolate in a fridge as you risk 'blooming' where all the fat solids come to the surface, giving a horrible texture.

Real chocolate making is very laborious. To temper it, you have to heat it to an exact temperature, which changes the structure of the chocolate enzymes. You then have to lower the temperature, again to an exact degree.

With real chocolate, it should melt, 2-3 seconds after being placed on your tongue, that way, you can really savour the chocolate and cocoa butter.

So it doesn't matter if you put compound chocolate in the fridge, it's down to personal taste. But real chocolate? To get the most from the taste, leave in a cool place.

P.s I keep crisps in the fridge. Weirdo.
grin

JessieMcJessie Mon 01-Jul-13 06:22:26

Unless it's really hot inside and the chocolate will melt at room temp, it should not go anywhere near the fridge and if it has been in there I consider it, like you do OP, to be inedible until it reaches room temp.

DP and I disagree on this and I also recently found a pot of jam cluttering up our not very big fridge. "sterility" doesn't come into it- as A child I remember fondly spooning out the green mould on top of our cupboarded jam to get to the useable jam underneath. My strong stomach has sailed through a million foreign holidays while fridge- lovers have fallen...

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