Less-known uses for chocolate (and how to get cheap chocolate online)
Ah, chocolate: who doesn’t love it?
Here’s something you mightn’t have known, however: chocolate can be used for much more than just eating!
Experienced chocoholics know that chocolate is a diverse food, with many a huge range of lesser-known uses and applications. Today, we’ll be explaining a handful of these chocolate hacks.
Notice anything on the list that you’d like to try out?
You might need a lot of chocolate to do so – be sure to visit our online lolly shop to buy cheap chocolate online for your experiments!
Chocolate as money
And we aren’t talking about chocolate gold coins, either!
According to accounts written by Spanish explorers in Central America, many civilizations used chocolate as a form of currency. The ancient Mayans in what is now southern Mexico were especially fond of paying for things using chocolate.
(If it sounds silly, just remember that the ancient Romans paid their soldiers using salt!)
Before you get excited and start paying your own bills using your stockpile of chocolate however, it’s important to remember that the Mayans used cocoa beans specifically, not the chocolate we know (and love) today.
So if you’re looking for a way to quickly work up enough dough to buy that new flatscreen TV, you’ll have to keep looking!
However, chocolate as money is great to get kids learning about savings, bartering, and counting!
Chocolate as medicine
We’ve all heard the claims of chocolate being able to provide several health benefits. Maybe you dismissed them as myths – it’s simply too good to be true.
If you’re a chocoholic, we have some good news: there’s scientific evidence that supports these claims!
- Lower risk of heart disease
- Reduced blood pressure
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Improved brain function
This is because the dark stuff is chock full of goodies like iron, magnesium and antioxidants known as flavonoids, all of which can improve your health in different ways.
Of course, it’s important to remember that you don’t overdose on chocolate – by all means, enjoy it. But do so in moderation.
Chocolate as lip balm
Want your kisses to be as sweet as milk chocolates? Want to save a little bit of money on expensive makeup products?
You’ll be able to kill two birds with one stone by trying this simple DIY lip balm!
To make this DIY lip balm, you only need three essential ingredients that you can find in your home or in the supermarket:
- Cocoa powder
- Coconut oil
Simply mix it all together, and wait for a few minutes and you’ll have your own homemade choco lip balm ready to go for that big date tonight!
As Melbourne’s premier online lolly store, Halloween is one of the busiest time of year for us, hands down. We get countless orders for Halloween lollies and sweets to give trick-or-treaters, as well as spooky Halloween parties.
Need decorations, ASAP? Here’s a tip: chocolate is a great way of making fantastic (and eerily realistic) fake blood!
Strawberry jam is too chunky, tomato sauce is too thick, and cranberry juice is too runny. By contrast, melted chocolate is the perfect thickness and consistency to create spine-tinglingly realistic blood for your Halloween costumes or decorations.
We aren’t even the first to suggest doing this – did you know that chocolate syrup was used in Psycho and Night of the Living Dead as fake blood?
All you’ll need is melted chocolate, red food colouring and corn syrup.
- Blend 2 parts melted chocolate with 1 part corn syrup
- Add drops of red food colouring until you get a deep red colour
- Mix well, adding extra drops of colouring as needed
While it’s still runny, apply it to your Halloween treats or costume. As it cools, it will harden again, leaving thick, goopy blood.
Et voila! That’s all there is to it – you’ve got creepy, realistic looking blood that’s perfect for your Halloween. Not to mention, it’s also 100% edible, meaning you can use it to spice up your Halloween lolly buffet too!
And unlike other common blood substitutes, chocolate is solid once it cools down, meaning you won’t have to worry about it running, or having to reapply it throughout the night.
Forget cheese – chocolate makes great bait!
It isn’t just humans who can resist the allure of chocolate – mice and rats can’t help themselves either!
Chocolate emits a strong, powerful aroma (as we’re sure you know!) Not to mention, while mice and rats aren’t picky, they definitely have preferences, which include sweet food.
It’s these qualities that make chocolate a surprisingly suitable bait for traps.
Not to mention, chocolate can last a lot longer than, say, cheese or fruit without having to be replaced.
If you have expired chocolate lying around, why not put it to good use?
How chocolate looks after your skin
Worried about your skin? If so, there’s good news: chocolate can help!
Chocolate facials are taking the health and beauty world by storm. That’s because cocoa is chock full of minerals and nutrients that help hydrate, tone and nourish your skin.
In particular, it contains Vitamins A, B1, C, D, and E, along with iron and calcium, all of which can help hydrate and moisturize your skin.
Additionally, it’s also full of flavanols, which can help repair sun damage and form a protective layer against harmful UV rays.
And best of all, you don’t need to go to a salon to enjoy these benefits!
- Cocoa powder + aloe vera gel: mix 1 part cocoa with 2 parts aloe vera to create a cleansing face wash
- Cocoa + sugar and coconut oil: mix 1 part brown sugar and cocoa with 2 parts coconut oil and apply to your face to remove dead skin cells
- Cocoa + honey: mix 1 teaspoon cocoa with 1 tablespoon honey to create a face mask
Looking for cheap chocolate online?
MyLollies has you covered!
Do you have a party coming up? Need bulk chocolate, stat?
If so, MyLollies is your best bet!
We specialise in selling cheap chocolate online. Buy all the chocolates that you want with attractive wholesale prices, with nothing more than a handful of clicks.
We stock chocolate for every occasion – if it comes from the cocoa bean, we have it!
You can also check our spectacular Seaford lolly emporium and pick your favourite lollies in person.
We’re located just off the Frankston Highway – if you’re ever in the neighbourhood, feel free to stop by and say hello!