I love chocolate.
Today, when I was making myself a cup of hot chocolate, I was thinking about Easter and about all the chocolate I am going to eat. And at some point I was wondering:
How awesome would it be to have real chocolate bunnies!
Of course a block of chocolate would not be able to hop around the place, but I am interested in seeing how close I could get to chocolate bunnies. How could chocolate bunnies evolve?
Here are some things I was thinking about:
- What environmental challenges would be needed? I thought that you needed to introduce a predator that could be fooled by the chocolate or that it might be useful for the offspring.
- Would they be able to produce chocolate milk or could parts of the bunny be edible for a human? As some animals produce milk I would imagine this to be easier, but introducing chocolate milk in bunnies seems weird at first glance. Edible parts could be useful to fend off predators, similar to Autotomy, where an animal discards an appendage to elude the predator. The appendage can then regrow.
- What would the bunnies need to eat and drink in order to produce chocolate? They would probably need a vastly different diet in order to produce the different components needed for the chocolate, so I would need to introduce the chocolate bunnies in a different part of the world.
For definitions we will take the ingredients of the chocolate recipe I found on this site:
- cocoa butter
- virgin coconut oil
- (raw) organic cocoa powder
Of course this can be liberally changed to suit your solution. The goal is to come as close to a real chocolate bunny as possible.