..so much Vitamin D and sunshine coursing through our veins. Summer is generally seen as a carefree and happy time, but our tempermental friend chocolate, is not performing at best.
OR IS IT?
I have to say, I do prefer my chocolate slightly melted and my fine cheese at room temperature. Sticky fingers and hard-nosed health inspectors* aside, there is some evidence we taste them better that way. Some studies have shown that our taste receptors send stronger electrical signals to our brains, when food is warm. And best reception is when foods are close to our body temperature.
The availability of fat molecules to our taste buds improves, when foods are warm versus cold. And aromas are more volatile at warmer temperatures, which affects our ability to smell the food increasing our tasting experience.
Some of you swear by eating your chocolate directly out of the freezer. I have no issue with that. So long as you're enjoying it I'm a-ok. Or as my mom used to say, when eating some desperately visually-unappealing chocolate bar that had been in her purse too long, "it all ends up in the same place".