Candy belongs in the cupboard, pasta tastes better piping hot, and chocolate chip cookies taste best when warm and gooey. These may be self-evident truths you have come to live by. However, a little experimentation might prove those preconceived notions wrong. Here are 14 foods that you may not realize can test even better when, like revenge, they are served cold.
14. Some Red Wines
Everyone knows that white wine is served chilled, and red wine opens up at room temperature. However, a so-so bottle of cheap red wine may transform into a tasty delight if you chill it in the refrigerator before serving. More complex wines, such as those heavy on tannins or aged in oak, offer the best flavor at room temperature. However, Decanter suggests that chilling light, fruit-forward wines such as pinot noir or dolcetto may result in a refreshing summertime beverage.
13. Chocolate Chip Cookies
You may think nothing beats a plate of gooey, melty, chocolate chip cookies pulled straight from the oven. On a cold winter day, this is a go-to warm, comforting treat. However, you’re missing out if you haven’t tried the cool, crispy, crunch of a chilly chocolate chip cookie. Skip the ice cream on a hot summer day. Your melting cone will just drip onto the pavement. Instead, check out the cool refreshment of a chocolate chip cookie chilled to perfection in your refrigerator.
12. Fried Chicken
Fried chicken is a versatile entrée that can be enjoyed either hot or cold. Slice into a hot, juicy chicken breast for dinner and then enjoy a chilled, fried chicken drumstick for lunch the next day. When picnicking, you can pack a cooler with cold, fried chicken, pasta salad, and fruit for a delicious meal with no heat required.
11. Girl Scout Thin Mints
The chocolaty, minty taste of Girl Scout Thin Mints is something many of us look forward to all year. If you can refrain from eating an entire sleeve in one sitting, try placing a box or sleeve of these tasty treats in your freezer. The cool, minty flavor is enhanced by chilling the cookies. Furthermore, the satisfying crunch of biting into the frozen goodness adds another layer of enjoyment.
10. Gummy Bears
When you think gummy bears, you probably don’t think of your refrigerator. These sugary little gems are soft and chewy when kept at room temperature. If you love the flavor, keep them in the fridge and then give them a try. Chilling these little bears results in a firmer consistency with the same sweet taste. Consuming them cold may help you to slow down on your gummy bear consumption as well while you savor the flavor.
Served piping hot and oozing with cheese, lasagna is a decadent comfort food. However, you haven’t lived until you’ve pulled a lasagna from your fridge and consumed it cold, straight from the pan. Steaming hot lasagna tends to collapse on your plate and ooze off of your fork. Meanwhile, cold lasagna retains the melded flavors of pasta, meat, tomato, and cheese in neat little forkfuls. These forkfuls actually stay intact between the plate and your mouth. Give it a try with the World’s Best Lasagna recipe from Allrecipes.
8. Macaroni and Cheese
Lasagna is not the only pasta that can be enjoyed straight from the refrigerator. Cold, homemade macaroni and cheese takes on a pasta salad-like feel. The little elbow noodles hold on to the cheese sauce filling. Additionally, the cheddary flavor profile explodes in your mouth. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about burning your mouth!
Mangoes are tasty fruits that deliver a juicy, fruity, tropical flavor when enjoyed at room temperature. Refrigerate or freeze this fruit to enjoy the same sweet flavor with a little extra crispness. Furthermore, you can whip up a refreshing Mango Sorbet in less than two hours with this recipe from Simply Recipes. All you need are mangoes, sugar, water, and lime juice.
6. Peanut Butter
Sure, you can store your peanut butter at room temperature. But storing it in the fridge makes for a tasty treat much healthier than heading for the candy jar. Chilled peanut butter is ideal for enjoying by the spoonful along with apple slices or a banana. When it comes time to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, allow your jar to come to room temperature for easier spreading.
5. Peanut Butter Cups
When a spoonful of peanut butter won’t do, you may need to reach for the big guns. This is where peanut butter cups come in. A chilly, chocolaty cup of peanut butter goodness tastes fantastic on a hot summer day. Furthermore, keeping your peanut butter cups cold in the summertime means they won’t melt and make a mess. Plus, there is the added thrill that comes from discovering a forgotten package of peanut butter cups hidden in the back of your refrigerator.
Cold pizza makes for a tasty midnight snack or an easy, portable breakfast on-the-go. With the fear of burning the roof of your mouth removed, you can enjoy the pleasing mixture of flavors. The crust becomes chewy, the cheese melds with the pepperoni, and the sauce retains its tomato goodness to make a pleasant dining experience. Enjoying your slice cold also reduces the risk of dripping hot cheese and tomato sauce onto your shirt.
3. Peppermint Patties
Have you seen the commercial for York Peppermint Patties where consuming this treat gives an actress goosebumps and causes wintry winds to blow? To experience this phenomenon in real life, try refrigerating your peppermint patties before eating them. Chilling your mint patties exponentially increases the minty-ness of the flavor and delivers a refreshing sense of cool and a thrilling sensation of freshness.
2. Potato Chips
Of course, potato chips are great when stored in your cupboard or on your kitchen counter. However, storing these savory treats in your freezer may help keep them fresh longer. Admittedly, many of us never have an opened bag of potato chips in our kitchen long enough to go stale. But, if you do, you may find that storing them in the freezer keeps them fresh longer. Chilling your chips may also impart an extra-tasty sensation of crispy crunchiness when you eat them cold.
1. Snickers Candy Bars
Like me, you may have never tasted a Snickers bar that wasn’t amazing. However, chilling these treats lends them an extra firmness and highlights the delicious combination of peanuts, chocolate, caramel, and nougat. A cold candy bar takes longer to dissolve in your mouth, which allows you more time to enjoy the flavors as they melt and mix within your mouth. The smoothness of the milk chocolate, the crunchiness of the nuts, and the sweetness of the caramel come together as you chew, making for a truly delightful experience.