Scho-Ka-Kola is a brand of German dark chocolate that contains additional caffeine from cocoa, roasted coffee, and kola nut. The chocolate is divided into triangle-shaped pieces held inside of a round metal canister. The red-and-white design and recipe have changed very little since the original launch in 1936.
Scho-Ka-Kola (for Schokolade–Kaffee–Kolanuss) was created in 1935 by the Hildebrand, Kakao- und Schokoladenfabrik manufacturer, established by chocolatier Theodor Hildebrand (1791-1854) in Alt-Berlin. It was introduced at the 1936 Summer Olympics as a "Sport Chocolate" with stimulating effect. In World War II, it was referred to as "Aviator Chocolate", as it was commonly provided with Luftwaffe rations. During the occupation period it was also distributed to the German population by the Allies.
In 1969 entrepreneur Hans Imhoff took over the firm, and in 1972 also bought the beleaguered Stollwerck chocolate manufacturer from Deutsche Bank for distribution. On July 1, 2005, the German Genuport company gained all brand and distribution rights to the product. Currently it is made by a subsidiary in Berlin and available across Germany and some special Web-shops.
Cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, coffee (2.6%), whole milk powder, kola nut powder (1.6%), soy lecithin (emulsifier), E476 (emulsifier), flavor. May contain traces of hazelnuts, almonds and gluten. The caffeine content amounts to 0.2%, i.e. 200 mg per 100 g (3.5 oz), comparable to a cup of strong coffee or an energy drink. A milk chocolate variant is available, sold in blue-and-white canisters.
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