The Mendelian Inheritance of Chocolate

As part of our Chocolate Monday celebration, Tech Support brought these Belgian bunnies home from Costco:

Who knew chocolate held the secrets of genetics?

Who knew chocolate held the secrets of genetics?

Normal wives would say something like, “Thanks, honey,” or “Wow, that was a great deal,” or even “Yum.” Mad Scientist wives, however, say, “Huh. Apparently in chocolate bunny families, the milk gene is dominant to the dark.”

And then spend ten minutes playing with Punnett squares to work out how many offspring bunnies we’d need to prove this hypothesis, as opposed to the one where dark chocolate is dominant and the father bunny (yes, in my head, the dark bunny is male) is a heterozygous carrier of the recessive milk gene.

This may be a sign that I need some kind of professional help….

What do you think? Is milk or dark the dominant gene? Which one would YOU eat first? And am I the only one who’s convinced the dark bunny is a boy?

2 comments on “The Mendelian Inheritance of Chocolate

  1. Ishta

    The dark bunny is totally male! Why is that? Now I’m wondering about cultural and social norms and gender expectations. I think Snow White and similar stories have something to do with it. Also the whole “men go out in the sun to work and women stay in with the kids” thing that was so big once upon a time.

    P.S: The dark chocolate one is the only one I would eat. Milk chocolate is best melted and put in ice cream.

    1. L. E. Carmichael

      Ha! I was thinking it was a simple alliteration – dark = dad, milk=mom, but you may be on to something re: cultural and social norms.

      I ate the dark bunny. Tech Support saved me from the milk allergens by taking the other two.

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