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(as) useful as a chocolate teapot

Utterly useless (because pouring boiling water into a chocolate teapot would melt it). That umbrella is stuck inside out, so it's about as useful as a chocolate teapot right now.
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as much use as a chocolate fireguard

Utterly useless (since chocolate melts when heated). Until the power comes back on, all those microwaveable meals we got are about as much use as a chocolate fireguard.
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chocolate box

Something that seems unreal because it is so appealing or attractive. The phrase is always used before a noun. This charming little town is totally full of chocolate box houses.
See also: box, chocolate

life is like a box of chocolates

Life is unpredictable. A version of the phrase was popularized in the film Forrest Gump, in which it was followed by the second line: "You never know what you're gonna get." I didn't expect to get laid off, but hey, life is like a box of chocolates.
See also: box, chocolate, life, like, of

mint chocolate chip

A popular dessert flavor that tastes like mint and contains hard chocolate pieces. I'm getting a scoop of mint chocolate chip—what ice cream flavor do you want?
See also: chip, chocolate, mint
References in classic literature ?
If you're good and do whatever you're told, you shall sleep in a proper bedroom, and have lots to eat, and money to buy chocolates and take rides in taxis.
Higgins whips out his penknife; cuts a chocolate in two; puts one half into his mouth and bolts it; and offers her the other half.
[Liza opens her mouth to retort: he pops the half chocolate into it].
LIZA [who has disposed of the chocolate after being nearly choked by it] I wouldn't have ate it, only I'm too ladylike to take it out of my mouth.
There, Monseigneur turned, and came back again, and so in due course of time got himself shut up in his sanctuary by the chocolate sprites, and was seen no more.
'They will be a singular party,' said Sir John, leaning his head upon his hand, and sipping his chocolate; 'a very curious party.
Oblige me with some more chocolate, Peak, and don't wait.'
(who had entered with the hot chocolate) ran to a drawer, and returning with a bottle, sprinkled his master's dressing-gown and the bedding; and besides moistening the locksmith himself, plentifully, described a circle round about him on the carpet.
And now, Mr Varden, all exaggeration and embellishment apart,' said Sir John Chester, confidentially, as he sipped his chocolate, 'what kind of place IS Newgate?'
The knight finished his cup of chocolate with an appearance of infinite relish, and carefully wiped his lips upon his handkerchief.
But before, while she was drinking the chocolate which I made for her, I tried to get her to sign a paper giving over the house to me, but she only closed her eyes and begged me to try and be a good sister and leave her alone for half an hour.
The chicken was tough, the tongue too salt, and the chocolate wouldn't froth properly.
"Chocolate fudge and fig cake, indeed!" scorned Miss Polly.
"Gracious goodness, and who's to make my chocolate? Send for her and have her back; I desire that she come back," the old lady said.
Green tea chocolates are the most palatable and convenient form of green tea, which is likely to boost the global market for green tea chocolates.