Like the title says, why are a few things in our universe named after chocolate?

For example, there are the Milky Way, galaxy and Mars.

Is there a reason for this or not? Or is it that the chocolates were named after them?

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    $\begingroup$ The latter (of course), unless you think the Romans were eating Mars bars... $\endgroup$
    – ProfRob
    Commented Feb 21, 2015 at 20:23
  • $\begingroup$ True! Didn't think of that! $\endgroup$
    – iProgram
    Commented Feb 21, 2015 at 20:30
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not a real question $\endgroup$
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Feb 21, 2015 at 20:48
  • $\begingroup$ @RoryAlsop I see what you mean and since I cant delete it my self (due to there being answers) I have flagged it off topic too. $\endgroup$
    – iProgram
    Commented Feb 21, 2015 at 22:26

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None of these things were named after chocolate.

Milky Way

The name comes from a Greek myth, at the end of which Hera - Zeus' wife - spills her breast milk. In places where the sky has not been affected by light pollution, the Milky Way looks like a milky-white streak. Hence the name.

The chocolate of the same name was introduced in 1923. Apparently, it was not named after our home galaxy, but after a milk shake of a similar name.


The Greek word γαλαξίας (galaxias) is closely tied to the Milky Way (because, for a long, long time, other galaxies were considered nebulae - "island universes"). It's English translation is "milky one" - a nod to the same Greek myth.

The chocolate of the same name was introduced in 1960.


Mars was a Roman god, not a Greek one (his Greek equivalent is Ares, I think). The name dates back for millennia - indeed, the Greeks associated Ares with the planet.

The chocolate of the same name was introduced in 1932.

  • $\begingroup$ The Greek equivalent for Mars is indeed Arès, hence the name of the two Mars' satellites. Phobos and Deimos were the two horses of Arès ;) $\endgroup$
    – Nico
    Commented Dec 3, 2015 at 10:07
  • $\begingroup$ Both of Mars's moons Phobos and Deimos were discovered in 1877 by American astronomer Asaph Hall, so they were named much later than Mars itself. $\endgroup$
    – mbomb007
    Commented Dec 19, 2016 at 14:37

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