Feb 4, 2013

An ugly animal treat

Readers of this blog are no doubt familiar with the Marabou stork and as much as you love ugly animals, I'm going to guess that you don't find that that photo gives you a healthy appetite.

So imagine my surprise when I was recently given this bar of chocolate, a souvenir from Norway:


The bird is even reproduced on the chocolate itself:

According to the blog's Norway correspondent, this link explains that the company held a competition to design a logo in 1907 and they just liked the drawing. You have to wonder if they didn't see an actual photo of a Marabou stork till it was too late... or if they were just really our kind of people.

-Wombat (No Relation)

2 comments:

sminkypinky said...

One of the leading Swedish chocolate brands is actually called Marabou, although I'm guessing there's a connection to the Norwegian company. My mother who's spent some time in Africa (and seen the birds) have always found the name offputting :)

wombat said...

Yes, it's the same company. There was some trademark reason that they couldn't use the same name in Sweden.