Published on October 14th, 2015 | by Rob Stebbings0
Five Divine Chocolate Creations
In Britain we are one of the greatest consumers of chocolate so it’s not surprising we even have a week-long celebration dedicated to one of our favourite snacks made from cocoa beans. Yes it is National Chocolate Week, so for all the chocoholics out there we’ve discovered a few unexpected creations to share and admire.
Belgium’s Chocolate Stamps
Belgium is known for making some of the finest chocolates in the world. Indeed the country’s love of it goes back to the 19th century when cocoa was shipped there from Congo. It was the invention of a chocolate shell with a soft centre we all now call Praline way back in 1912 which led to the Belgian industry becoming world famous as it is today.
In 2013 they took things a whole lot further by issuing a limited edition of chocolate flavoured stamps with an aroma to match! More than 500,000 stamps were printed on special paper with a cocoa-scented varnish and glue that tasted and smelled like it when licked.
Brazil’s Skating Rink Made Of Chocolate
A city called Canela in Brazil (meaning Cinnamon) is known for its array of chocolate shops and life-size statues. But even more striking is the fact it even has a skating ring made of the stuff.
Unsurprisingly, this roller skate ring made purely from dark chocolate is particularly popular amongst kids!
Chocolate Chess Board
Lending itself perfectly to the use of both dark and white chocolate is the creation of a chess board.
Of course the eagerness to take one of the opponents’ chessmen would never be greater knowing that they could be consumed too! The only down side would be the temptation to eat the entire chess set which would somewhat limit the chances of a re-match!
Heady Heights In Chocolate
Not content with constructing the Burj Khalifa which is the tallest building in the world, Dubai is also home to the tallest chocolate structure too, which, unsurprisingly is a 44 feet tall model of the stunning skyscraper.
Created by master chocolatier Andrew Farrugia, the replica tower was unveiled last year at Dubai International Airport.
Displayed in Brussels, this impressive train set constructed entirely out of chocolate set the Guinness World Record for the longest structure when it was created back in 2012.
At 112ft long and weighing 1,250kg, the train took more than 700 hours to construct. Like the Burj Khalifa, it was also created by Andrew Farrugia.
If reading this article triggers a need to savour your favourite chocolate confectionery, you can do so safe in the knowledge that, as well as satisfying a sweet tooth craving, it boosts your mood and makes you feel less stressed.
What’s more chocolate also has anti-clotting, blood-thinning properties which can improve blood flow and circulation which in turn makes people feel more awake and alert.