The German supermarket chain Aldi recently had a special deal of a “wine-fridge” for $99. A wine fridge really isn’t that specialised for wine, it is merely a fridge that has a heater and is designed for temperatures in the 11C to 18C range. An good wine fridge will have special wood (or plastic if cheap) holders for wine bottles. A particularly cheap wine fridge (such as the one from Aldi) doesn’t even have special holders for wine bottles. But this does however make it more convenient for storing other things.
In the hotter days in summer outside temperatures of over 35C are common and it’s possible for an uncommonly hot day to be in excess of 45C. My home air-conditioning system is only able to keep the ambient temperature about 10C cooler than the outside temperature if there are a few hot days in a row.
According to the Wikipedia page the best chocolate is supposed to have type V crystals which melt at 34C . So if the outside temperature is 45C then the temperature inside my home is almost guaranteed to be hot enough to melt chocolate. If I’m not at home (and therefore the air-conditioner is off) during a moderately hot day then it’s common to have a temperature of about 30C inside my house. The Wikipedia page also notes that moving chocolate between extremes of temperature can cause an oily texture and that storing chocolate in the fridge can cause a white discoloration. I’ve experienced these effects and find that they significantly decrease the enjoyment of chocolate.
So now I have a fridge in my computer room set to 16C because according to Wikipedia the ideal temperature range for storing chocolate is from 15C to 17C (the photo was taken shortly after turning it on and it hadn’t reached the correct temperature). Every computer room should have a fridge full of chocolate!
If my stockpile of chocolate reduces I may even put some wine in the fridge (I could probably fit some now if I organised the chocolate in a better way). But that depends on the supermarkets, if they have a special on Green and Black’s “Maya Gold” organic fair-trade chocolate then my fridge will become full again.