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Mar 18, 2011 11:20 AM

What do you like in a state other than its "proper" one? Frozen rather than chilled? Stale rather than fresh? etc.

I recently ate a Temple orange that had inadvertently gotten semi-frozen in my office minifridge of ancient manufacture. It was amazingly delicious, far more exciting to eat in this state (like what an orange popsicle might dream of being) than it would have been if it were just chilled. Since then I've been torturing my oranges in this fashion and they all taste better this way.
I also prefer some candy (notably Twizzlers) stale to their fresh counterparts. I'm sure there are others that I can't bring to mind.
How about you? Anything you find more delicious in a state other than its usual, accepted edible one?

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  1. freezing charleston chews...than whacking them on the counter to break them into frozen little chunks...then they take forever to eat...

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      1. re: buttertart

        havent tried any other tho...charleston chews r the only one i remember doing it too/with

      2. re: srsone

        +1. Our freezer always had a few CCs in the door back in the day.

      3. The only way I'll eat puffy Cheetos is stale. I ate them that way when I was at the beach when I was a kid. They develop an incredible chewiness when exposed to the sea air for an extended amount of time.

        1. A friend would only eat stale Peeps... she left them out for a few days until they were kind of crunchy!

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          1. re: harryharry

            We stale peeps lovers are everywhere! I offered some to a friend a few weeks ago, and she asked how long the box had been perforated (I stab thru the plastic a few times when I first buy a box). I told her, "about a day," and she replied, "not ripe enough."

            1. re: Isolda

              Exactly!! Stale crunchy Peeps!

              1. re: Quine

                Here in Seattle, nothing ever goes crispy at it ages. We have stale chewy Peeps, which IMHO is the only way to enjoy them!

            2. re: harryharry

              Fresh Peeps aren't worth the trouble. Stale makes them a treat.

              1. re: harryharry

                My son & I made microwave S'mores with stale Peeps and Chocolate Bunny. We went to the store & bought the last they had cheap! 12 seconds in my MW

              2. Totally agree with stale Cheetos, and I love stale Peeps - any color and variety. I'm partial to cold refrigerated red licorice whips as well.

                1. I like green salads and fruit salads at room temp. I've actually microwaved the latter in order to hasten the warm up from the fridge.

                  And I once accidentally thawed a pint of vanilla Haagen Dazs overnight in the fridge. Made it waaay too easy to eat the entire pint. It was so much better than the frozen stuff.

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                  1. re: Isolda

                    wouldnt it be called a shake then?

                    1. re: srsone

                      It was more like custard. A shake (or frappe, as they are called here) has milk blended with ice cream and perhaps a flavoring, so the ice cream is more dilute. Just get a pint of HD, melt it, and eat it, and you'll see there is a difference.

                    2. re: Isolda

                      I do that with my salads occasionally !

                      1. re: Isolda

                        I used to stir up my ice cream until it was soupy too. Hmm, must try it again!