Of Your Favorite Chocolate Coins and Bars

those candies wrapped in golden foil with coin imprints. These candies, although they always look enticing and new to a chocolate lover, actually have a very long history. Some say the very first type of treats like these were made in honor of the ruler of the Roman Empire, Caesar, and were gifted to the ladies and gentlemen of the Roman Court. These chocolate coins bore the face of no other than Cesar himself. On those days, the chocolate was not wrapped in foil but thin sheets of gold. So the recipients did not only receive a chocolate but also a little bit of the precious metal. This continued through many generations. To memorialize special dates and rites of passages, children were often gifted with chocolate coins. In modern times, the gold wrapper has been replaced with gold looking foil.


In the beginning of the 19th century, the chocolate bar came into being. It became a commercial venture that grew by leaps and bounds during the 20th century. Today, chocolate bars are still sold in unchanged form and content since the early days and until after WW II, a person could purchase one for just a nickel.

Chocolate bars today are manufactured and sold in thousands of varieties and can be easily purchased from vending machines. Some have even been added with vitamins, minerals and proteins while maintaining the sweetness and taste. People probably think different companies use different recipes for creating their chocolates. But actually, the only thing that differs is the cocoa plant variety that the products are created from.

Cacao paste, sugar, and cocoa butter are just some of the ingredients that go into a chocolate bar, with some optional ingredients such as lecithin and vanilla. When packaging, some companies use foil while others use plain paper but the best material, according to manufacturers, is waxed paper

If you’re such a lover of these treats, you probably rejoiced when you first heard that they are actually good for the body. The main ingredient, cocoa, is a plant that is naturally rich in antioxidants and good fat. That means you can be safe with this candy, at least, up to 1.6 grams of it each day, according to experts. Of course, anything can still be unhealthy when eaten excessively. If you want your chocolates to be a positive experience both for your palate and your health, eat them but in moderation.