A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from November 09, 2011

"Chocoholics” (chocolate + alcoholic) are addicted to (or just really love) chocolate. The term “chocoholic” has been cited in print since at least 1961 and 1964; it was one of the first terms to use the popular -aholic suffix.

The variant spelling “chocaholic” has been cited in print since at least 1971.

Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
choc·o·hol·ic noun
\ˌchä-kə-ˈhȯ-lik, ˌchȯ-, -ˈhä-\
Definition of CHOCOHOLIC
: a person who craves or compulsively consumes chocolate
Variants of CHOCOHOLIC
choc·o·hol·ic also choc·a·hol·ic \ˌchä-kə-ˈhȯ-lik, ˌchȯ-, -ˈhä-\
chocolate + -aholic
First Known Use: 1968

(Oxford English Dictionary)
chocoholic, n. and adj.
Etymology:  < choc- (in chocolate n. and adj.) + -aholic suffix
A habitual and prolific eater of chocolate; esp. a person who is very fond of chocolate.
1972 Washington Post 25 May k8 My dog is a chocoholic. He loves chocolate in any form.
1976 Business Week 29 Mar. 94 Sheron says he used to be a ‘chocoholic’, but lost 50lb in nine months last year.

11 January 1961, Pasadena (CA) Independent, “Reporter at Large” by Lyle W. Nash, pg. 7, col. 6:
WOULD YOU call a person who is over fond of chocolates a chocoholic?

Google News Archive
23 March 1964, Spokane (WA) Daily Chronicle, “‘Miracle-Worker’ Aids Dieter” by Margaret C. Rockwell, pg. 11, col. 1:
How this “chocoholic” needed will power!

18 January 1968, Lethbridge (Alberta) Herald, pg. 1, col. 8:
Frances Grossehmig showing her “Chocoholic” tendencies as she polished off several large pieces of Lois Dudley’s chocolate-walnut cake.

3 April 1971, Cumberland (MD) Times-News, pg. 14, col. 3 photo caption:
GENE WILDER. who just finished his fifth movie “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” is an admitted chocaholic.

OCLC WorldCat record
The chocoholic diet book.
Author: Sally Ann Voak
Publisher: Blake, 1992.
Edition/Format:  Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Author: Elizabeth Wolf Cohen
Publisher: London : Southwater, 2001.
Edition/Format:  Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Chocoholic : a little book of quotations for chocolate lovers.
Publisher: Rotherham, [England] : History & Heraldry, ©2002.
Edition/Format:  Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Chocolate to die for : chocoholic mysteries
Author: JoAnna Carl
Publisher: New York : Obsidian, ©2010.
Series: Chocoholic mystery
Edition/Format:  Book : Fiction : English
Summary: In the “The Chocolate Puppy Puzzle,” a Hollywood producer decides to make a movie based on Lee McKinney’s romance novel, and the small-town author finds herself entangled in a web of sweet talk and intrigue, complete with corpse, and in “The Chocolate Mouse Trap,” Lee McKinney sets a trap to find a killer after party planner Julie Singletree is murdered. 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (1) Comments • Wednesday, November 09, 2011 • Permalink