Death by Chocolate

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Lava cake has been described as a Death by Chocolate dish.

Death by Chocolate is a colloquial descriptive or marketing term for various cakes and desserts that feature chocolate,[1] especially dark chocolate or cocoa, as the primary ingredient. The phrase is trademarked in some countries, and the dessert is a signature dish of Bennigan's restaurants in the United States.


Some chocolate cakes and Devil's food cakes are called or have the moniker "Death by Chocolate cake",[2][3][4][5] and some of these may be served with a chocolate sauce, such as lava cake.[6] Ingredients used in Death by Chocolate cakes may include basic chocolate cake mix ingredients, chocolate pudding, chocolate chips, shaved or grated chocolate, whipped cream and powdered sugar.[5]


United States[edit]

The trademark for "Death by Chocolate" in the United States is owned by Bennigan's IP LLC restaurants.[7] The initial trademark application was filed by Bennigans on 2 July 2008, and the trademark is due to expire on 9 April 2026.[7] Bennigan's also filed a U.S. trademark registration request for the Death by Chocolate Martini on 20 August 2002, which was registered on 5 August 2003.[8]

The version of Death by Chocolate offered at Bennigan's consists of many ingredients, including two types of ice cream combined with Twix candy bars, which is dipped in a chocolate sauce and served atop crumbed chocolate cookie crust.[9][10][11][12] The dish is accompanied with a side dish of a heated chocolate topping.[11][12]

Bennigan's also purveyed a Martini cocktail named the Death by Chocolate Martini,[13] which was a Martini prepared with the addition of chocolate liqueurs.[8]

Other regions[edit]

In the United Kingdom and European Union,[14] the registered trade mark rights belong to F.T. Wood & Sons Limited.[15][16][17]


Various Death by Chocolate-themed and -named events have occurred, such as fundraisers and charity events that involve the consumption of chocolate-based desserts, dishes and beverages.[18][19][20] Dishes served at Death by Chocolate events have included savory dishes prepared with chocolate, chocolate candy, desserts, brownies, cookies, cakes, cocktails, Martinis and beer, and the events have included chocolatiers.[18][19][20][21]

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  1. ^ "Death By Chocolate: Simply the Best Chocolate Brownie Layer". Food Network. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Success even sweeter after health scare". 24 August 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  3. ^ Goble, Steve (17 December 2015). "Brewologist – New Belgium offers beer for dessert". Mansfield News Journal. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Baker's Claus in contract – some fun, festive food". Pocklington Post. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b Copps Food Center (23 December 2015). "Death by Chocolate Cake". WLUK (Fox News). Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  6. ^ Elliott, Belinda (17 December 2015). "Magnum Manila Cafe: A House of Pure Pleasure". Recorder Journal. Archived from the original on 5 January 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Trademark DEATH BY CHOCOLATE registered by Bennigan's IP, LLC at OHIM". Trademark search engine. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Death by Chocolate Martini". 20 August 2002. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Inside Bennigan's Bankruptcy Filing". Newsweek. 30 July 2008. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  10. ^ "Bennigan's Unveils Budget-Focused Meals". The Food Channel. 8 April 2008. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Bennigan's Menu". Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  12. ^ a b Rowe, Trent (25 May 1996). "Bennigan's Serves Good Variety". Lakeland Ledger. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  13. ^ admin (27 December 2015). "Reports of Casual Dining's Death Are Greatly Exaggerated". Restaurant News. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  14. ^ Intellectual Property Office. U.K. government. Archived 21 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "Brands". Country Style Foods. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  16. ^ "Death by Chocolate". Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  17. ^ "Case details for Trade Mark 1463363". Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  18. ^ a b "Largo Cultural Center hosts Death by Chocolate fundraiser". Tampa Bay Newspapers. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  19. ^ a b "Death By Chocolate for charity". The INDsider. 5 October 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  20. ^ a b Wartelle, Kris (5 November 2015). "The Acadiana Symphony's Death by Chocolate killed". The Advertiser. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  21. ^ "Tickets Still Available for Death By Chocolate". Twin Falls Times-News. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015.

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