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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Wehrmacht Chocolate Returns to Scandinavia

Even today you can find remains in the open of the Wehrmacht chocolate with caffeine called Scho-Ka-Kola. I took this photo in the mountains of Narvik just some hundred meters from the Swedish border. Note the rays from the eagle with swastika. Left is the cover, right the bottom piece.

The eagle is gone but the rays remain. Scho-Ka-Kola bought by yours truly in Luleå in March 2011.

I knew it did not disappear in May 1945 and that it is widely available in Germany. But until now I did not know it was exported. Well, to my great surprise, while shopping for shoes in Luleå in north Sweden the other day (my Salomon shoes from 1993 had to be replaced), I found it for sale in the local Naturkompaniet store.

Of course, I bought a can and thus you can now compare the Wehrmacht style Scho-Ka-Kola with the modern version.

What next, Scho-Ka-Kola in Narvik kiosks?

Scho-Ka-Kola was invented in 1935 and here is the history of this brand. However, Wikipedia does not (yet) answer a question of mine: could Scho-Ka-Kola be bought freely in Germany (abroad?) during WWII, or was it reserved for the Wehrmacht during the war? I imagine the latter to be the case but have no proof. Do you know more?