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March 2016 Chocolate in Space!
In December 2015, Tim Peake launched off for 6 months in space becoming the first British ESA Astronaut to visit the Space Station. He has completed space walks and taken astonishing pictures of planet Earth from space, becoming an inspiration to many British school children and adults alike! Being lovers of chocolate, Tim’s extraordinary journey got us inquisitive about whether chocolate had also made its way into space!
Outer space has certainly inspired us and has featured in a number of Cadbury adverts. A classic flake advert shows how the crumbliest, flakiest chocolate, which was first developed in 1920, can be enjoyed at zero gravity. Being a chocolate advertised more towards women, the light texture of the flake is clearly shown here as the female astronaut enjoys her chocolate whilst floating around in zero-gravity. We know that astronauts have to pay very close attention to crumbs in space through fear that they could float off and damage some of the equipment – so a flake is probably a chocolate to be enjoyed only with both feet firmly on the ground.
In this Cadbury Dairy Milk advert, can see some astronauts eating chocolate in space. So has chocolate made it to the final frontier? It is important whilst floating about in zero gravity, that astronauts eat a well-balanced diet – but they are allowed bonus items, and a favourite seems to be chocolate! According to an article on Smithsonianmag.com, the first person to orbit the Earth, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin would eat food from tubes, a little like eating tubes of toothpaste. One of these squeezable tubes contained chocolate sauce – the first incidence of chocolate in space!
During the Apollo missions, it is known that some of the astronauts took hot chocolate as one of their drinks. It was also taken as a dehydrated chocolate pudding, for astronauts to simply add water and enjoy. Since then, lots of chocolaty foods have made their way into space, such as chocolate covered cookies, and chocolate sweets. There have even been astronauts reporting eating ice cream in space covered in chocolate sauce! So even in space you can enjoy chocolate!
Explore iconic Cadbury advertising in our Design and Technology talk for KS1 & 2 and Business Studies Marketing talks for KS3, 4 & 5, or if you would like to hear more, please contact us above.
By Emily Kettle, Education Coordinator.
February 2016 Yíngchúnjiēfú!
One in every six people in the world celebrate Chinese New Year and it is happening RIGHT NOW! Its date changes each year, based on the phases of the moon. It starts on the New Moon in late January or Early February. New Moon was seen on the 8th February this year.
The Chinese calendar follows a twelve year cycle, with each year being named after one of twelve animals. They are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Chinese tradition says that people take on some of the qualities of the animal of the year in which they are born. This year is a Year of the Monkey. Other years that have been a Year of the Monkey are: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, and 2016. The next one will be 2028.
Chinese New Year celebrations continue for 15 days and end on the next Full Moon so you can still get involved. There are all sorts of different ways people celebrate this festival. Traditionally, New Year is a time for cleaning out and de-cluttering – sweeping out any bad luck from the old year and clearing the way for good luck from the new year. It’s bad luck to clean on New Year’s Day itself though!
There is a lot of red as it is a lucky colour, and also as a remembrance of the Chinese myth of “Nian”… The myth says that the monster, Nian, would visit villages on New Year’s Eve and eat people – especially young children! The villagers would put out dishes of food so he might eat the food instead of them. One day, a god visited a villager and told him to hang red paper on his house and to hang firecrackers (these are a sort of firework). When Nian arrived, it became clear that he was scared of the colour red! People still hang red at New Year to this day! Decorations such as red strips of paper called “Chunlian”, often written with messages of good fortune, and firecrackers are hung up. When the firecrackers are lit and pop, they scare away Nian and bad luck.
Lights and lanterns are hung about too and red envelopes containing money are given as gifts. And our favourite tradition, here at Cadbury World, is that sweets like candied fruits or chocolates can be left out to sweet the New Year! Yum!
Discover how chocolate features around the world with our Rainforests, Bean to Bar and Building a Village talks for K1 & 2 and our Geography talks for KS3 & 4, or if you would like to hear more, please contact us above.
By Curtis Allen, Education Coordinator

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