Sunday, August 9, 2009

the dark side of chocolate

We recently added a new manager to the management team at
The Autobarn.

His first name is Vasco, but it’s pronounced a lot like “Bosco”.

When I first heard his name, I immediately thought of the chocolate syrup that I used to use when I was a kid.

For some reason, Bosco syrup, when stirred vigorously into vanilla ice cream, was a particular treat.

At about the same time that I was turning vanilla ice cream into chocolate mush, Alfred Hitchcock released a movie called “Psycho”. Although Mr. Hitchcock is well known for the show “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”, which was on the air from 1955 to 1962, he is probably best known for “Psycho”.

The most famous scene from the movie is the shower scene, which you can watch below:

original Psycho shower scene

The late Janet Leigh was the victim in the shower scene. According to reliable sources, she (and thousands of other people) were no longer able to take showers after viewing the movie.

Bosco chocolate syrup has been produced since 1928. Although it is still produced to this day, a little known fact is that the fake blood used in the shower scene of “Psycho” was actually Bosco chocolate syrup. It was also used in the 1968 cult horror classic “Night of the Living Dead”.

Another little known fact is that Bosco syrup, when used in an artistic fashion, can be worth a LOT of money.

Vik Muniz, a modern artist, is famous for recreating well-known works of art, such as The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci entirely in Bosco Chocolate Syrup. A Bosco portrait by Muniz sold for $110,000 in 2007.

After looking at this painting, all I can add at this point is the famous Jackie Gleason phrase:


  1. This is a good blog, Tom
    Liz and Mark
    (of New Jersey, by way of Wyoming and Evanston to purchase a 1997 Plymouth Voyager)

  2. I take to the bath tub myself for a few days after watching "Psycho" even to this day, mainly because of Tony Perkins wig ~ THAT was scary!