CHOCOGEOLOGY

by The Chocolate Dictionary

The study of the earth’s chocolate-bearing rocks and the processes by which they are formed. One source of “naturally occurring chocolate” lies beneath the historic market town of Kikby Lonsdale in Cumbria, England. According to geological information on the mine’s website, seams of chocolate were created when ancient cocoa was compressed between two tectonic plates. It is chiselled out in solid form by faeries working deep underground – one can hear the sound of their digging when visiting the chocolate shop above – and is also collected at the surface where it has been liquified by heated subterranean water. The mine supplies the shop, called Chocolat, where customers can buy freshly dug chunks of white, milk or dark chocolate, as well as Belgian products specially imported by the owners. Interesting features of the workings include ancient choclactites and choclagmites, formed where water runs slowly through the chocolate substrate. Open to visitors since 2003 the mine is reached by a series of steep steps down a narrow passage at the back. Hard hats are provided.

A faerie working away in the enchanted chocolate mine in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, England. (image from: kirkbylonsdale.co.uk)

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