People around the world have always been creative when it comes to the use of chocolate. Here's a bit of chocolate history — According to the Smithsonian, in pre-modern Latin America, chocolate was once used as currency (we can totally believe that!). How much was it worth? One cacao bean was worth one tamale, and 100 beans could be traded for a healthy turkey hen.
And people were aware of chocolate's ability to lift one's spirits. According to Chloe Doutre-Roussel's book, The Chocolate Connoisseur, Aztec sacrifice victims who were too miserable to join in ritual dancing were often given a gourd of chocolate (with a touch of blood of previous victims) to cheer them up before being led to their deaths. Hmmm... we think they may just have overestimated chocolate’s mood-lifting powers.
When chocolate finally came to Europe, the people quickly discovered its euphoric properties too, and even doctors recommended it.
Today, dark chocolate is touted more for its anti-oxidant properties than any other health benefit. And every day, people are making new chocolate concoctions. So we hear of wonders like chocolate bacon and chocolate beef jerky to chocolate-covered onions and chocolate-covered scorpions (whoa!).
Here are some wonderful non-edible ways people are using it.
Chocolate as beauty treatment
Cleopatra may have bathed in milk, but at the Hershey’s Chocolate Spa you can order a chocolate massage, a chocolate facial, a chocolate sugar scrub and even a “chocolate fondue wrap”. Ahhhhhhh, we feel relaxed already!
Chocolate in fashion
Every year, at the Salon du Chocolat fashion show, models walk the ramp wearing dresses made of chocolate. Now that’s what we call Haute (chocolate) Couture!
Chocolate as art
We at Stadium consider anything with chocolate in it to be art. But what happens when artists actually sculpt with chocolate? Intricate edible art.
And some chocolate art goes on to break records. In November 2012, Andrew Farrugia built the longest chocolate sculpture (111 ft 8 in) in Brussels, Belgium.
We will end with the truest of all quotes: