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D-Day Hamper

The US military had requested a specially designed bar for emergency rations as early as 1937. The U.S. government had just four requests about their bars: they had to weigh 4 ounces, be high in energy, withstand high temperatures and “taste a little better than a boiled potato.” The final product was called the “D ration bar”, a blend of chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, skim milk powder and oat flour. Chocolate played an important role in winning the War.  Between 1940 and 1945 over 3 billion Field Rations D, including the famous chocolate bar were distributed by the American's to Allied troops throughout the world.  If an army marches on its stomach, these rations kept the military powered enough to win the battle at Normandy and claim ultimate victory against the Axis forces.
Military leaders knew well that " Chocolate is the divine drink which builds up resistance and fights fatigue. A cup of this precious drinks permits a man to walk for a whole day without food." Hernando Cortes.  The Aztecs used chocolate as a stimulant for their army and it seems to have worked as they soon dominated their region. Warriors would consume a cup of hot chocolate before the battle.  Queen Victoria probably hoping for a similar result, sent half a million pounds of chocolate to her troops stationed in South Africa during the Boer war.

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