Friday, December 9, 2016

SCHO-KA-KOLA - Canned Sleeplessness

Chocolate is a great stimulant: It improves your mood and gives an enormous energy boost, sometimes enough to delay hypothermia or fatigue.

The Kola nut is a caffeine-containing nut of evergreen trees of the genus Cola, it comprises about 2% of caffeine...and Kolanin and Theobromine. All three are powerful stimulants.

(In the movie "Medicine Man" Sean Connery gives Kola Nut to a fatigued Lorraine Bracco: After that she speeds through the jungle like the Energizer Bunny with a nuclear fuel rod up its bum. Singing.)

So in 1935 the Germans thought it was a good idea to combine coffee, Kola and chocolate into a tin full of sleeplessness and created the SCHO-KA-KOLA.

In 1936 it was introduced as performance boosters to athletes during the Summer Olympics in Berlin.

Military grade (!) SCHO-KA-KOLA, laced with Pervitin (amphetamine), was later given to Wehrmacht Soldiers during the Blitzkrieg but also found its way into sea survival rations. Without the extra Pervitin punch I guess...unless they wanted a partying bunch of survivors in a lifeboat.

Needless to say the military grade party chocolate became very popular with the (if there were any left) civilians, until the Nazi health department big wigs stopped that.

Nowadays SCO-KA-KOLA does not contain anything else than a lot of energy and caffeine. It comes in a round tin containing two layers of 6 wedges, these 6 wedges contain as much caffeine as one large & strong cup of coffee.

In Germany it is widely known as "Trucker Chocolate"  and I personally witnessed its effect during a road trip from Denmark to Poland: 
I continuously gave it to my wife and we made VERY good time that day!

The chocolate itself is hard and has a pleasant taste. It does not melt easily, so its ideal to keep it in your car as energy and/or morale booster in emergencies.

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