The Swiss hold a record for the highest per capita consumption of chocolate at 12.4 kg (that's 27 lbs)!
Ok, so hear me out: This figure is actually based on chocolate sold as opposed to chocolate consumed. So in other words, nobody knows how many chocolate Easter bunnies I have killed but yours truly...
To make a point, those of you who have received several pounds of Swiss chocolate from us over the last years know who you are... You have helped to skew the statistics, which make the Swiss look like a people of #chocoholics (OK, we are).
Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth is a liar.
Since the Swiss have to live up to these statistics no matter what, we thought I could help everyone out a little by offering some alternatives to ordinary chocolate bars. Here are most unusual things made out of chocolate:
1. Nike Sneakers
These delicious chocolate sneakers were created for the 25th anniversary of Nike's Air Force 1. Also, their size was not a Michael Jordan's shoe size 13...
2. Ladies' Heels
These delicate chocolate heels were especially made for a Tokyo department store. Needless to say, they never made it on the catwalk.
3. Swiss Chocolate Stamps
Released in 2001 by the Swiss Postal Service, these chocolate scented priority stamps quickly became a chocoholic's dream. Not surprisingly, many of these stamps never made it on envelopes...
4. Chocolate Laptop
Not to be confused with the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative, this laptop is actually made from sugar, cocoa butter, milk powder and cocoa mass. Needless to say, it makes for a perfect gift for that chocoholic among your friends...
(Photograph copyright by ChocolateGreeting.net)
5. Chocolate Dress
This finger-likin' dress at the Salon du Chocolat in Zürich is entirely made of chocolate.
6. Nintendo NES Controller
Discovered on eBay, the purpose of this chocolate NES controller apparently is to melt in your sweaty palms during a round of Double Dragon. It does bring back retro memories though.
7. Chocolate Vinyl Record and Mix Tape
This record/mix tape combo is sure to bring back memories from the Golden Times - one bite at a time.
(Photograph copyright by choconchoc)
8. The Chocolate Express
In the Guinness Book of World Records, the Chocolate Express train is officially the longest chocolate structure in the world. Hold on to something: It is 34 m long and made entirely of Belgian chocolate.
(Photograph copyright by Bernal Revert)
9. Chocolate Toolkit
I use a tools twice a year tops, so these precious chocolate pliers and wrenches would sadly go to waste where I live... unless I ate them in the first place!
(Photograph copyright by rakuten/frantz)
10. Chocolate City
Created by Japanese artists for a Tokyo chocolate exhibit. This is my personal favorite due to its simplicity but yet intriguing complexity. On the way to the kitchen to grab some Swiss chocolate now...
11. Chocolate Porsche 911
A Dutch Porsche dealership came up with the brilliant idea to support Swiss chocolate exports while at the same time boost car sales. Barry Callebaut has graciously supported this initiative, which has since gone viral among the chocoholic community.
BONUS: Is it made of chocolate, or not?
(Photograph copyright by Evan-Amos/Wikimedia Commons)
Dimitri loves discovering new trends and covers architecture, design, start-ups and tourism.