Who'd have thought there were so many weird uses for chocolate?! Here are seven of our favourites...
1. Power your car with it
OK, so we wouldn’t recommend tipping mugs of hot chocolate into your petrol tank, but, believe it or not, there exists a Formula 3 racing car that’s made of vegetables – and powered by chocolate. The ecoF3 – which has a steering wheel crafted from carrots and bodywork fashioned from potatoes – has a biodiesel engine that runs on chocolate extracts and vegetable oil.
2. Eat it with cheese
Yep, apparently, pairing these two super-rich and delicious treats can be totally sublime. Try noshing on goats’ cheese or blue cheese with dark chocolate, brie with milk chocolate, sheep’s cheese with white chocolate, rind cheese with fruity chocolate or mature Cheddar with dark chocolate. Truffles and caramels apparently pair well with most types. Who’d have known?!
3. Use it as perfume
Chocoholics can now take their obsession to the next level and go around smelling like Willy Wonka’s factory. Not really – chocolate-infused perfumes have a delicate and subtle fragrance, with many blending delicious scents such as vanilla, amaretto and patchouli. There are also lots of make-your-own chocolate perfume recipes online, too – to do so, you’ll need to invest in chocolate fragrance oil and blend it with alcohol.
4. Use it as fake blood
Allegedly, in both the 1960 movie Psycho and the 1968 movie Night Of The Living Dead, Bosco chocolate syrup was used as blood – apparently showing up just fine on the black and white screen. Maybe a cheap (and tasty!) alternative to fake blood next time you dress up as a zombie? Mmm, brains!
5. Clean your teeth with it
Yep, you can buy chocolate toothpaste! Using an extract from the cacao plant instead of fluoride (which means it’s safe to swallow as well as tasting like pudding) manufacturer Theodent claims the product helps to stimulate the growth of new enamel.
6. Dip bacon in it
This sounds gross, but apparently it tastes great thanks to the salty-sweet combo of flavours. Simply bake your bacon until crisp, cool completely and then dip into melted chocolate.
7. Make a face mask
We all know chocolate with a high cocoa count (at least 70 per cent) is full of antioxidants – which are great for rejuvenating the skin. Make your own face mask by blending up 1tsp each of cocoa powder, natural yoghurt and honey. Delicious!