Death by Chocolate

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This article is about the dessert. For other uses, see Death by Chocolate (disambiguation).
Lava cake has been described as a Death by Chocolate dish

Death by Chocolate is a colloquial descriptive or marketing term for various desserts that feature chocolate[1] (especially dark chocolate or cocoa) as the primary ingredient. Some chocolate cakes are called "Death by Chocolate" cakes. Bennigan's restaurants have purveyed a dessert by the name that used several chocolate-based ingredients, and also purveyed a "Death by Chocolate Martini" cocktail. The phrase has been trademarked. Various "Death by Chocolate"-themed and -named events have occurred.

Death by chocolate cake

A Death by Chocolate cake

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, whipped cream and powdered sugar,[5] among others.


Dessert dish

A dessert named "Death by Chocolate" was purveyed by Bennigan's restaurants.[7][8] The dish consisted of many ingredients, including two types of ice cream combined with Twix candy bars, which was dipped in a chocolate sauce and served atop crumbed chocolate cookie crust.[9][10] The dish was accompanied with a side dish of a heated chocolate topping.[9][10]

Death by Chocolate Martini

Bennigan's also purveyed a Martini cocktail named the "Death by Chocolate Martini,"[11] which was a Martini prepared with the addition of chocolate liqueurs.[12]


The trademark for "Death by Chocolate" in the United States was owned by Bennigan's IP, LLC (Bennigan's restaurants),[13] but with the subsequent bankruptcy of the company the current legal status is unclear. The initial trademark application was filed by Bennigans on July 2, 2008, and the trademark expires on July 2, 2018.[13] Bennigan's also filed a U.S. trademark registration request for the "Death by Chocolate Martini" on August 20, 2002, which was registered on August 5, 2003.[12]

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 has 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]

In popular culture

On October 31, 2014, U.S. president Barack Obama ordered a whole, 20 pounds (9.1 kg) Death by Chocolate cake at Gregg's Restaurant and Pub in Providence, Rhode Island.[22] This occurred during Obama's lunch meeting with Gina Raimondo, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Governor of Rhode Island at the time.[22] During the visit at the restaurant, Obama stated that he would share the cake with the crew of Air Force One.[22] Obama also shared the cake with press reporters aboard Air Force One.[22] The cake prepared at Gregg's Restaurant and Pub is a chocolate layer cake prepared with six layers and topped with chocolate morsels.[23]

See also


  1. "Death By Chocolate: Simply the Best Chocolate Brownie Layer". Food Network. November 2, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  2. "Success even sweeter after health scare". August 24, 2015. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  3. Goble, Steve (December 17, 2015). "Brewologist - New Belgium offers beer for dessert". Mansfield News Journal. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  4. "Baker’s Claus in contract – some fun, festive food". Pocklington Post. December 11, 2015. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Copps Food Center (December 23, 2015). "Death by Chocolate Cake". WLUK (Fox News). Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  6. Elliott, Belinda (December 17, 2015). "Magnum Manila Cafe: A House of Pure Pleasure". Recorder Journal. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  7. "Inside Bennigan's Bankruptcy Filing". Newsweek. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  8. "Bennigan's Unveils Budget-Focused Meals". The Food Channel. April 8, 2008. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Bennigan's Menu". Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Rowe, Trent (May 25, 1996). "Bennigan's Serves Good Variety". Lakeland Ledger. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  11. admin (December 27, 2015). "Reports of Casual Dining’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated". Restaurant News. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Death by Chocolate Martini". August 20, 2002. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Trademark DEATH BY CHOCOLATE registered by Bennigan's IP, LLC at OHIM". Trademark search engine. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  14. Intellectual Property Office. U.K. government. Archived 21 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  15. "Brands". Country Style Foods. Retrieved December 27, 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 2011-11-15. 
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Largo Cultural Center hosts Death by Chocolate fundraiser". Tampa Bay Newspapers. December 2, 2015. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  19. 19.0 19.1 "Death By Chocolate for charity". The INDsider. October 5, 2015. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  20. 20.0 20.1 Wartelle, Kris (November 5, 2015). "The Acadiana Symphony's Death by Chocolate killed". The Advertiser. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  21. "Tickets Still Available for Death By Chocolate". Twin Falls Times-News. January 23, 2015. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 Bruce, Mary (October 31, 2014). "Obama Commits 'Sin,' Orders 'Death by Chocolate' From the Devil". ABC News. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  23. "Desserts". Gregg's Restaurants & Taverns. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 

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