by The Chocolate Dictionary

Chocolate progression is the speculation about historical figures and what they might be doing, in a chocolate context, if they were alive today. Of François Boucher, the Rococo painter and protégé of Madame de Pompadour, for example, chocolate progression sees him designing nothing but elegant chocolate boxes. Of the poet John Keats, it sees him dying for a box of violet crèmes. Of nineteenth century French sculptor Auguste Rodin, it pictures him carving masterpieces such as The Kiss and The Eternal Idol not out of marble, but out of lickable white chocolate.

Rodin’s ‘The Eternal Idol’ – would look even better if carved out of white chocolate. (Image from: Evgeniya Kalenykh)

And of Lillie Langtry, the society beauty who once had an affair with the future Edward VII, and who was one of the first celebrities to endorse commercial products, it imagines her running a boutique in Chelsea selling hand-made ganaches packaged in pastel-coloured boxes.

Lillie Langtry, relaxing after a long day in her Chelsea chocolate boutique.(Image from: the Lillie Langtry Museum)