Chocolate in Hollywood

Posted on August 24, 2016 by Dorinda Vance | 0 Comments

Everyone loves chocolate – including Hollywood! Producers just know how to punch viewers in the gut, especially if it involves America’s beloved tasty treat! From movies to shows, chocolate has been America’s favorite star. Numerous screenplays center on chocolate from Like Water for Chocolate to Chocolat to The Chocolate War,
proving that chocolate is an incredibly powerful force guiding human lives. Whether inducing tears, melancholy, love or joy, chocolate sends a special message to audiences everywhere.

Let’s take a closer look at the movies. We can’t overlook Warner Brother’s 1970 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Nothing inspires children like the scene where Charlie barely folds back the chocolate wrapper to expose a wonderful winning ticket. Chocolate really is gold, and was only further evidenced by the 2005 remake Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, making the world of chocolate even more fun and fantastical. As the famous movies taught us, a little bit of chocolate and “pure imagination” will make that person the happiest man alive.

We move then to the Forrest Gump’s unforgettable line: “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.” The 1994 film simply and eloquently puts the world into perspective – surprises will happen, and all will be sweet. Through the medium of chocolate, Forrest teaches audiences that life is to be savored even if full of the unexpected twists and turns.

And then, theres the friendship that chocolate brings. In 2001, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley bond instantly over their chocolate frog as it leaps out the train window in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Hermione then gives Harry a box of chocolate Frogs for Christmas that same year. Perhaps it is the power of chocolate that brings the unlikely threesome together in love and friendship.

Chocolate provides comical relief too in the 1950s television series I Love LucyLucy clumsily grabs chocolates off the conveyor belt, cramming them into her hat, her shirt, apron while simultaneously gobbling them up. The black and white comedy makes chocolate hilariously memorable. Chocolate breaks the TV ice with chaos, and in mockery of itself becomes a fun edible substance.

Continuing with the 50s trend, Don Draper becomes surprisingly nostalgic to Hershey’s executives in the 2015 Mad Men finale. It’s chocolate that breaks down the stoic antihero, allowing the audience to see real emotion for the first time.  Chocolate is televisions vehicle for bonding and true connection.

Chocolate is timeless. It moves people on and off the screen, all through the ages. It shrouds actors and viewers in passion and warmth, joy and sadness. Chocolate breaks the barriers between people, providing important life lessons from the screen to the living room. 


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