“Visions of Vietnam”: This Chocolate Won’t Melt In Your Mouth Or Your Hands

In an attempt to sweeten life in the jungle, the Army occasionally supplied us with something called, “Tropical Chocolate”, a small bar of six squares of chocolate specifically designed to stand up to hot and humid climates. Tropical Chocolate was so hard that it was unmeltable, even with C-4. In order to share the chocolate with a deserving soldier, one would have to unwrap the delight, place it at the base of a tree, take three steps backwards and empty a 20-round magazine from an M-16 into the middle of the bar! Even then, any attempt to bite into the remaining pieces was hazardous to one’s dental health. As a medic, I didn’t have any experience doing dental work, but I’m quite sure the military dentists had no shortage of patients thanks to Tropical Chocolate!

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