The World Chocolate Wonderland has opened in Shanghai, China in which everything on display is made from the simple cocoa bean. The theme park was opened late last week with many visitors coming to see the displays of lifelike chocolate exhibits, which included many features that the majority of the people would be familiar with.
Unite the East to the West
Everything was made out of chocolate, this included a replica of ancient China’s marvellous and very famous Terracotta Warriors and the traditional Chinese symbol of the dragon. The organiser of the theme park said that the choice of items on display, was a joint venture that attempted to unite the East to the West.
Tina Zheng, manager of the Beijing Artsource Group who have backed the edible project revealed that the exhibit was the result of a clever combination which saw both cultures come together and produce something that was eye catching and mouth watering hitting attacking the senses of the visitors.
The West provided the chocolate which has more than 3000 years of history, and the Chinese culture has more than 5000 years of history. The project was bringing together two cultures but it was really bringing together history and reinventing it for the modern era, producing a clever and creative combination which brought a creative spark.
There were also porcelain vases on display which were also made from chocolate, and surprisingly a chocolate fashion show where the models where wearing fancy chocolate outfits took place a day before the grand opening.
Chocolate is a very complicated creation, it is the final product after much care and attention to a raw ingredient which comes from the seed of the cacao tree. The earliest known use of cacao was in Mexico where the Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages out of it, and the Aztecs used it to make a bitter drink.
There are some health benefits that are associated with chocolate, and if not known already chocolate fans can use it as an excuse when consuming this food type. The raw ingredient from which chocolate is produced, cocoa solids, contains alkaloids. These create an effect in the body, and it has been linked to the serotonin levels in the brain.
Much research has found that eaten in moderation, chocolate has the effect of reducing blood pressure and moderation is the key word.
It is quite possibly the most popular food item in the world, and is used in gifts of every occasion and it is strongly linked to many holidays, including Easter where children enjoy their chocolate Easter eggs and on Valentine’s Day where trays of chocolate are used alongside other gifts.