ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

5 Alternative Uses for Chocolate From Currency to Sex

Updated on July 7, 2017

Chocolate is one of our favourite foods, some see it as a guilty pleasure, some stuff their faces unashamedly.

But whether it's a treat or a way of life, chocolate has a rich, interesting and varied history going back as far as the Aztecs.

Chocolate was originally made from ground and roasted cocoa seeds which were then made into a paste in the Mesoamerica regions in the 15th century.

Here, I look at some of the weird and wonderful uses for chocolate down the years.

Source

Currency

According to Cornell University, chocolate was used as a form of currency in the Mexican region of Tlaxcala in the 1500s.

  • 100 cocoa beans for one good turkey
  • Three cocoa beans for one turkey egg
  • One cocoa beans for one ripe avocado or one large tomato

Chocolate was used as currency in South America in the 15th and 16th centuries
Chocolate was used as currency in South America in the 15th and 16th centuries | Source

As a Health Drink

In the 16th Century, chocolate found it's way out of South America and over to Europe by Spanish travellers. They added sugar, vanilla, honey and spices to improve the taste but the original recipe was referred to as “healthy chocolate” due to these additional ingredients upsetting people's stomachs.

A transcript of chocolate health benefits was translated by Diego de Vades-Forte in 1640, they include:

  • Helps digestion
  • Helps with constipation
  • Cures consumption
  • Coughs
  • Aids in all manner of inflammations

In 2016, an article in UK newspaper The Telegraph listed a series of benefits eating chocolate can achieve and listed various studies. These included improved heart circulation, weight loss, and reduced cholesterol.

The National Health Service has urged caution with this, however, reminding people that increased chocolate consumption can lead to weight gain and an increased risk of developing diabetes.

Chocolate without added sugar was seen as a health drink in Europe
Chocolate without added sugar was seen as a health drink in Europe | Source

As a Sex Aid

Yep, the term “making sweet love” has a different meaning for some people with Chocolate being used as body paint for sexual activities with online adult shops stocking chocolate body paint.

Chocolate also releases endorphins which make you feel good by releasing a rush of pleasure; it's the same chemical response that is attributed to a “runners high” or the drug ecstasy.

Amorous couples can use chocolate body paint in the bedroom
Amorous couples can use chocolate body paint in the bedroom | Source

As Art

In November 2012, sculpture Andrew Farrugia entered Guinness World Records with a steam train made from chocolate which measured 34.05m (111ft 8 inches) long and 0.50m high (1ft 7 inches.)

A Maltese artist makes the longest chocolate train in the world in Brussels

Zombies in the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead
Zombies in the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead | Source

In Film

Bosco Chocolate Syrup has claimed their product was used as fake blood in Alfred Hitchcock's genre-defining movie Psycho (1960) in the famous shower scene, and in George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968). As both films are produced in black and white, the brown colour of the syrup wouldn't have mattered when being used as blood.

Lower Stress Levels

Dark chocolate was used in a small study in Cologne, Germany to reduce blood pressure levels in participants. The chocolate was said to improve the formation of vasodilative nitric oxide. Stress can cause small spikes in blood pressure which, over a period, can result in high blood pressure

Small doses of dark chocolate lowered blood pressure in study participants
Small doses of dark chocolate lowered blood pressure in study participants | Source

What's Your Favourite Type of Chocolate

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      14 months ago from Oklahoma

      Very informative.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      14 months ago from The Caribbean

      "Chocolate fakes?" Where did that come from? I'm sure that I meant to write "chocolate facts" in the first line. So glad I checked.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      14 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for all these interesting chocolate fakes. I'd vote for all types except the white fake. Dark, bitter chocolate is my favorite.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)