In 2005, to protest against conditions in the cocoa industry, a Dutch reporter ate 17 chocolate bars then asked to be arrested and tried for child slavery. The judge wouldn’t convict him, and the reporter went on to found Tony’s Chocolonely company.
A chocolate river existed in 1971. The famous chocolate river from the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory film was made with 15,000 gallons of water mixed with chocolate and cream. The river spoiled fairly quickly due to the cream and the cast said it stank.
The Queen of England is the only person to have ever eaten British Chocolate. In 1932 a factory in York tried growing cacao plants in the inhospitable British weather, but harvested only enough for one small bar, which they presented to Elizabeth II.
Hershey’s designed a customized chocolate bar for the troops during WW2 called “D ration bar”. It was so thick that soldiers had to shave slices off with a knife before chewing on it. By the end of the war, more than 3 billion ration bars had been produced. Also, M&Ms were originally made with Hershey’s chocolate, who had control of the rationed chocolate at the time, and were sold exclusively to the US military. They were designed based on a British made candy which was observed by the Mars Company founders son in the 1930s during the Spanish civil war. Regular chocolate was susceptible to heat and the candy coating helped to allow it to “melt in your mouth, not your hand”.
Hayleigh Curtis is one of Cadbury’s 10 taste testers. Her taste buds are so important that Cadbury got her tongue insured for 1.25 million dollars.
In 2013 Belgium printed half a million postage stamps that smelled and tasted like chocolate as a celebration of the country’s chocolatiers.
In 1947, after the price of a chocolate bar increased from 5 cents to 8 cents, 200 kids marched and protested on the capitol building in British Columbia, shutting down the government for a day. It is known as “The Candy Bar Strike”.
Right before WW2, the US created the “Logan Bar,” a chocolate bar that deliberately tasted “a little better than a boiled potato” as an emergency ration to prevent soldiers from snacking on it outside of emergency situations.
During World War 2, Hershey made a bar for US soldiers that was meant to taste so bad, soldiers would only eat it if they were starved.
A 2011 study revealed that people who eat candy weigh less than those who don’t. The study was sponsored by the “National Confectioners Association”.