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Ryan Gardner
(splproductions) - F - M

Locale: Salt Lake City, UT
How do you keep chocolate cold during your hike? on 03/13/2008 19:11:49 MDT Print View

For those of you that bring chocolate (or other meltable sweets), how do you keep it from melting and making as mess?

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: How do you keep chocolate cold during your hike? on 03/13/2008 20:04:27 MDT Print View

Bury the chocolate in my foodbag in the center of my pack, and eat it the first night.

Of course, in winter it's no problem.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: How do you keep chocolate cold during your hike? on 03/13/2008 21:18:37 MDT Print View

Well, after having to get my molten candy bars semi solid in an ice cold stream two years ago I now carry my candy in my cozy. Being insulated it keeps the heat down :-)

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: How do you keep chocolate cold during your hike? on 03/13/2008 22:49:26 MDT Print View

I take dark chocolate (72% or more) which requires high temps to melt than lighter chocolates. put the chocolate inside my pack (it gets some insulation from outside heat) right next to my playtpus water bladder which normally has water which is cooler than air temp. I keep my chocolate in a plastic bag so if it does melt, the mess is contained. If it's melted, I will often put the bag in a stream until it cools enough to harden.

When it's going to be really hot I switch to M&M. The chocolate isn't as tasty, but as the ad says... melts in your mouth, not on your hands.

--mark

Ryan Gardner
(splproductions) - F - M

Locale: Salt Lake City, UT
Dark chocolate... on 03/13/2008 23:53:15 MDT Print View

Mark, good to know about the dark. I just bought some... and some M&M's! I'm set!

john Tier
(Peter_pan) - M

Locale: Co-Owner Jacks 'R' Better, LLC, VA
Best way to carry meltable chocolate on 03/14/2008 08:06:59 MDT Print View

At the jungle warfare school in Panama years ago we learned to pack Snicker bars in the center of our poncho liners.... It worked too... So pack your candy in the middle of your sleeping bag... the heat will be insulated out.... use a baggie for insurance... also let you bag cool in the morning after you get up before you put your chocolate in it.

Enjoy !!!

Pan

Andrew Richard
(fairweather8588) - F

Locale: The Desert
Chocolate on 03/14/2008 08:51:04 MDT Print View

Putting my snickers bar in the freezer the night before then packing it in my food bag in the center of my pack kept it from getting cooked by the Arizona sun

Peter Wise
(pwise757) - MLife

Locale: Northeast USA
Chocolate in the trail mix on 04/20/2008 19:29:50 MDT Print View

I make my own trail mix and include mini-M&M, peanuts, shaved coconut, cashews, raisins,and sesame stix. Go heavy on the Mini M&M's and you'll get your choco-caffeine fix.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: How do you keep chocolate cold during your hike? on 04/20/2008 21:20:44 MDT Print View

Cold Chocolate? I unwrap my snickers bars and put them all into a ZipLok baggie. I do keep them buried in the pack but if they melt... that's what the long handled BPL ti spoon is for.

Joe Kuster
(slacklinejoe) - MLife

Locale: Flatirons
How do you keep chocolate cold during your hike on 04/20/2008 22:58:24 MDT Print View

The higher percentage of coco in the dark chocolate the higher the melting point. If you can live with the 80-90% stuff it'll survive suprising temps in the middle of your pack. I try to keep mine in my rehydration cozy.