Food connections with the Phonograph




1955 Milky Way chocolate bar magazine ad





Chocolate Phonograph Record made by Li-Lac Chocolates in 2017





1903 Stollweck Gramophone

These two very rare tin phonographs pictured were made in late 1903 and were designed to play foiled wrapped disk records made of chocolate! (1)

"Made by the Stollwerck Chocolate company in Germany, the phonographs were powered by a tiny clock motor...Stollwerck's French partner, Kratz-Boussac, sold the identical machine in France under the brand name "Eureka," without the Stollwerck markings, as pictured on the left." (Text and photograph courtesy of Rene Rondeau and

The discs were wrapped in foil and it was on the "foil that the ridges were stamped to enable the music to be played through the phonograph (rather than the needle touching the chocolate directly." For more information about "Strollwerck Talking Chocolate" visit a Great Taste in Music.




Oreo Music Box - 2018 collectible packaged in a holiday tin that plays a tune when an Oreo cookie is placed on the turntable and the tone arm is moved as if to play a record. Unlike the 1903 Stollwerck chocolate record there are no grooves on the cookie as it is not really a record. This "music box" phonograph plays assorted tunes each time anything is put on the turntable.




Kellogg's created what's being called the world's first record made of breakfast cereal out of its Chocolate Frosted Flakes and the music of Simon Cowell-mentored boy band PrettyMuch.

Here's how the record was made according to ADAM CAMPBELL-SCHMITT in his April 19, 2018 FOOD & WINE on-line article:

First, a mold of the record was 3-D printed with the grooves of the record in relief. Then, layers of dark and milk chocolate were poured in to create the flat surface necessary for a phonograph needle to read, along with a core of Chocolate Frosted Flakes cereal in between. The center of the record is cut out to reveal the cereal in the shape of Frosted Flakes mascot Tony the Tiger's head. After a little time in the freezer to harden, the resulting cereal and chocolate record is unmolded and ready to play on any turntable or, if you choose, devoured.

Here's the link for listening to their song "Hello" and Step 2 of the recipe, creating the 3-D Mold.






Apple pie and milk - Edison's favorite foods. Movie still from the 1940 MGM film "Edison the Man" with Spencer Tracy and Rita Johnson (in Edison's laboratory).






Huntley & Palmers Biscuits Advertising Record c. 1930 - This gramophone record was made to advertise a visit to the Huntley & Palmer biscuit manufacturing company. The front of the record states "for every meal time there's a biscuit." The reverse advertises Huntley & Palmers of Reading and London Biscuit Manufacturers.




Cadbury's Cocoa - Instead of Nipper, there is a white cat listening to the Gramophone.





Album Chocolats - Trade card, c. 1900 Lithographed Trade card with Thomas Alva Edison and his phonograph advertising Album Chocolats.

This card is courtesy "Antique Phonograph, Accessories & Contraptions by Fabrizio & Paul. Their text reads: "These delightful lithographed cards were among the various subjects used as premiums for turn of the twentieth century European products such as Liebig meat extract. The public was encouraged to collect entire series ("famous inventors", etc ..) by frequent patronage of the product ..." Note that the phonograph is a disc machine, something Edison never made with an open horn. Size : about 2 x 1.5 inch




Liebig Meat Extract - Trade card for French meat extract product, 1 1/2" x 4"

Edison listening to battery powered Class M Phonograph




Liebig Meat Extract - Trade card for French meat extract product, 1 1/2" x 4"

An Edison Home Phonograph is pictured as "Le Phonographe." The card depicts a cylinder recording scene using battery powered Phonographs.







Front End Brunsvold Bros. Bakery with Phonograph for entertainment , Ray, North Dakota ca. 1910






1982 Life Savers Record Player, Model SP15 made by DeJay Corporation






Electric Banana Stereo Phonograph 1973







Harry and David's Christmas 1986 Catalogue






Sara Lee Snacks promotional ad, 1989









Hershey's Symphony Mail-in Offer, 1991







Kentucky Fried Chicken TV advertisement - Hot and Spicey on Fire 2016



Kentucky Fried Chicken TV ad - The Colonel's Address 2015




Lundberg ad with rice cake playing on Victor IV Talking Machine, ad circa 2000






September 1, 2018 - Celebrating the Phonograph in HuskerNation with a Phonograph cookie. A day to be remembered for the debut of Scott Frost as the new Head Coach and for the first Nebraska football game in 128 seasons cancelled because of weather.




Special delivery for Friends of the Phonograph, September 1, 2018






Friends of the Phonograph have been annually celebrating the Birthday of the Phonograph since 1977 and food inspired by the phonograph has been an important part of that event.


2009 Phonograph Birthday cakes




2007 Phonograph Birthday Party




2006 Phonograph Birthday Cake




2004 Phonograph Birthday Party





1997 Phonograph Birthday Cookie




1993 Phonograph Birthday




1992 Phonograph Birthday cake




1990 Brenda's Brownie Birthday Record (with LP Record for the serving bowl)




1990 Phonograph Birthday Party - It's all about discs with holes in the middle (or has Gertrude Stein wrote "The World is Round")



1990 Phonograph Birthday Party desert





1989 Phonograph Birthday Party (with LP record serving bowls)



1989 Phonograph Birthday Party




1988 Phonograph Birthday Party cake



1987 Phonograph Birthday Party




Restaurants and PhonoFood

Pizzeria in Malinska, Croatia - "Hear the Difference" 2018




Cafe Gramophone, Palam Vihar, Gurgaon



Cafe Gramophone, Tehran











Other Phonograph Cakes Celebrating Personal Birthdays

80th Birthday





PhonoFood are food connections with the Phonograph