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Can A Spoon Really Keep Champagne Fizzy? We Found Out.

The things we do in the name of research.

Being a Champagne lover is hard. It's frequently excluded from happy hour deals, it's divisive (so it's hard to split with friends) and when you do decide to pop a bottle (and you can't quite finish it yourself), you're left trying to figure out how to keep it effervescent.

We've tried many methods to preserve our bubbly, but one we had never tried was the silver spoon trick. The old adage states that if you put an upside-down metal spoon (or fork) in an open bottle of Champagne, it will help to keep the bottle bubbly. Apparently, the metal from the spoon helps to cool the air inside the bottle, which makes the air more dense. The denser air acts like a blanket on the surface of the wine and prevents the bubbles from escaping.

The test: We opened two bottles of prosecco and tested their bubbliness immediately after they were opened. We left them open for 24 hours, one with an upside-down spoon dangling inside of it and one without anything at all.

The results:

This is a video of us pouring the prosecco right after it was opened.

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This is a video of us pouring the prosecco that was left open for 24 hours without anything in it.

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And this is a video of us pouring the prosecco that was left open for 24 hours with a silver spoon dangling in it.

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Final Verdict: Although the prosecco was much more fizzy when it was first opened, the bottle that was left open with a spoon in it was more fizzy than the one without the spoon (it might be hard to see in the video, but we tasted both to be sure). However, we should note that the difference between the two was marginal. So basically, it works (it's definitely better than nothing), but it doesn't work wonders.

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