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Mitsubishi Electric finds Australians believe chocolate and tomato sauce belong in the fridge 


Should chocolate, tomato sauce and Vegemite be kept in the fridge? New report divides the nation on where we store our groceries

  • 56 per cent store chocolate in the fridge, with Queenslanders leading the way
  • Australia was narrowly in favour of putting tomato sauce in the fridge
  • Eggs and jam were the biggest fridge favourites at 90 per cent and 73 per cent
  • Only 26 per cent however believed that Vegemite should be left refrigerated 

More than half of Australians put their chocolate and tomato sauce in the fridge but preferred to keep Vegemite in the cupboard, a new study has found.

The hot topic has divided families, friends, work colleagues for years – but Mitsubishi Electric has crunched the numbers, and the results are in.

The clear divide shows 56 per cent of the nation sweet treats belongs in the fridge, while only 44 per cent champion the cupboard.

While Australians overall prefer to keep their chocolate in the fridge, other contentious kitchen staples delivered some surprising results – including where we house our tomato sauce, Vegemite, eggs, bread and jam. 

More than half of Australians put their chocolate and tomato sauce in the fridge, a new study has found

More than half of Australians put their chocolate and tomato sauce in the fridge, a new study has found

The national survey found 56 per cent of people put their sweet treat in the refrigerator, and that increased to 75 per cent in Queensland - where warmer weather would cause chocolate to melt more quickly

The national survey found 56 per cent of people put their sweet treat in the refrigerator, and that increased to 75 per cent in Queensland – where warmer weather would cause chocolate to melt more quickly

Poll

Where do you keep your chocolate?

  • Cupboard 0 votes
  • Fridge 0 votes

The poll was similarly divided when it came to tomato sauce, with 57 per cent of Australians choosing to keep it chilled.  

New South Wales and Queensland kitchens led the way with 63 per cent in favour of the practice, trailed by 56 per cent of South Australians while Victoria and Western Australia disagree and prefer it fresh off the cupboard shelf. 

Eggs (90 per cent) and jam (73 per cent) were overwhelming fridge favourites, while Vegemite (74 per cent) and bread (61 per cent) belong in the cupboard.

Warm weather played a major role in the poll, especially for those from the sunshine state, with 75 per cent of Queenslanders preferring to have their chocolate in the fridge, while 37 per cent kept their Vegemite chilled.

Queensland residents also went against the grain with jam, with 85 per cent placing it in the fridge, compared to only 64 per cent of South Australians. 

In terms of gender, 63 per cent of men put chocolate in the fridge compared to 51 per cent of women

In terms of gender, 63 per cent of men put chocolate in the fridge compared to 51 per cent of women

Australian celebrity TV chef and Mitsubishi Electric Australia brand ambassador Ed Halmagyi said there was 'no reason' to store chocolate in the fridge

Australian celebrity TV chef and Mitsubishi Electric Australia brand ambassador Ed Halmagyi said there was ‘no reason’ to store chocolate in the fridge

Poll

Where do you keep your tomato sauce?

  • Cupboard 0 votes
  • Fridge 0 votes

Australian celebrity TV chef and Mitsubishi Electric Australia brand ambassador Ed Halmagyi said there was ‘no reason’ to store chocolate in the fridge.

‘Chilled chocolate can taste different as cooler temperatures alter the flavour. I’d recommend storing your chocolate in a cool, dark, airtight space,’ he said.

In terms of gender, 63 per cent of men put chocolate in the fridge compared to 51 per cent of women.

The storage of food is as much a matter of safety as it is of preference, the celebrity chef revealed.

‘It’s important to store household staples properly, just as you would with any fresh produce,’ Ed said.

‘Outside of visible signs, it can be difficult to know when something’s reached its use-by date.

‘A good old sniff test is always advisable but refer to the product’s packaging instructions if you’re still unsure.’

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