5 Unexpected Uses of Chocolate Beyond Food - as part of the news series by GeoBeats.
"If you think chocolate is used only for eating, you are wrong.
Here are 5 unexpected uses of chocolate:
Number 5 – Chocolate has been used in making dresses. Yes, you heard it right. The New York Chocolate show hosts fashion shows where models wear edible outfits made out of chocolate. The show is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.
Number 4 - Ever thought it could be used for smuggling drugs? A 34-year-old man from Long Beach was recently busted at the Los Angeles International Airport. Federal customs officials discovered more than four pounds of methamphetamine stashed away in 45 Snicker bars in his luggage. The bars were covered in what investigators called a "chocolate-like" coating to make it look like the real thing.
Number 3 - Cow farmers, Mary Jane and Orville Miller from Kansas have taken to some unusual methods to save money on cattle food. The couple feed their cows with chocolate that is scrapped from a nearby factory. According to an animal nutritionist, the chocolate provides needed energy to the cows.
Number 2 – A chocolate based toothpaste? Theodent makes toothpastes from rennou, a substance extracted from cacao plant which is the source for chocolate. It not only tastes good but also unlike regular toothpastes, it is not harmful if swallowed.
Number 1 - As a form of currency. Discovered more than 2000 years ago, cacao beans were used as currency by the Aztec civilization. According the Smithsonian museum, a 16th century Aztec document reported that, "one bean could be traded for a tamale, while 100 beans could purchase a good turkey hen."
What's the best chocolate flavor you have ever had?