by The Chocolate Dictionary
Chocolates infused with significance and power, to the extent that they can be used in rituals. Perhaps the phenomenon of votive chocolates is an acknowledgement of chocolate’s role in ancient religious ceremonies. They can be of any brand or variety, though some find Holy Chocolate to be an obvious choice. Developed by Californian entrepreneur and Orthodox priest Stan Smith, the wrappers of Holy Chocolate are inscribed with a Psalm specially chosen to match the chocolate’s personality.
Some chocolates become votive for personal reasons. In 1990, seven years after the death of well-loved London socialite Henry Tennant, the second son of Lord Glenconner, friends gathered at the family castle in Scotland for a celebration of his life, finishing off with scattering of chocolates – of which Henry was very fond – around the base of his memorial tree.