Chocolate has always fired the human imagination, but the oddest chocolate stories still come from real life. Here are a few examples:
The biggest bar of chocolate.
In 2010 a new world record was set in Amsterdam. The world's biggest ever bar of chocolate was a full 5.6 by 2.75 metres in size and weighs 4,410 kilograms. The chocolate was manufactured by an Armenian chocolate factory.
This chocolate's gone cuckoo.
The Halloren chocolate factory in Halle, Germany created the largest chocolate cuckoo clock in the world, at 2.5 metres high. 120 kg of chocolate were used to make more than 300 sweet components. The cuckoo was made of marzipan.
A Shipload of chocolate
In 1991, the Barcelona patisserie school Confiteria i Bolleria presented the biggest chocolate sculpture in the world: a Spanish sailing ship which was 8.5 m high, 13 m long, 2.5 m wide and weighed 4 tons.
The whole world of chocolate
In 2006, the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, RITTER SPORT and the supermarket chain Edeka presented participants at the World Cup in Germany with a 113 sqm world map made of chocolate at the Stuttgart tourism trade fair, CMT. It was 21 m long, 5,4 m high and made of 10,368 bars of RITTER SPORT chocolate.
In September 2001, a 100-year-old bar of chocolate was auctioned at Christie's auction house for ₤470 (then 749 euros). The 10 cm bar was part of 1,500 tonnes of cocoa and chocolate which the British researcher Captain Robert Scott took on his expedition to the Antarctic to reach the South Pole at the start of the last century. Scott died on the return trek in 1912. Only a few weeks previously, the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had been the first to reach the South Pole.
Sweet Christmas Present after 74 years.
After 74 years, a pensioner from the Netherlands finally had his much longed-for Christmas wishes come true! His wish list - aged 7- included eight wishes such as a bicycle, chocolate and a Native American Indian costume. Unfortunately, it got lost. Seventy-four years later, a film director discovered the list on a flea market in Antwerp. He sought out the sender and gave the surprised pensioner the gifts he wanted.