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I started finding chocolate for my snail. It says that chocolate makes your snail gather coins faster in your Zen garden, but how long do the effects of chocolate last? Also, can I feed my snail multiple chocolates to make the effect last longer? It would be cool if I could feed my snail enough to work while I sleep.

  • 1. Water and comfort all your plants. 2. Tap the snail to wake him up. 3. Feed him chocolate. 4. Tab out into something else for the next hour. 5. Profit! – Shadur Oct 16 '11 at 7:17
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The Zen Garden - Automation page/section from Plants vs. Zombies Wikia answers your question:

[after feeding a piece of chocolate to the Snail] he will become extremely hyper and continue to collect coins at a high rate of speed (for a snail) for about an hour. However, he cannot be fed more than one piece of Chocolate at a time.

As weird as it is, you can also feed chocolate to your plants, causing them to drop coins more quickly.

[after plants start glowing in a gold aura, and without using chocolate on them] The drop rate starts out relatively high, and decreases as the day progresses.

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As stated previously, plants drop more often right when they become happy; as a result, Chocolate is best given at that time, when they give the maximum increase.

You say you would like to leave the Zen Garden open while you sleep, however I don't know if that's a good idea:

it will glow with a gold aura (signifying that the plant is "happy") […] and then drop coins and occasionally diamonds for the rest of the day.

I don't know what happens to the Zen Garden right after the midnight. I know that closing the game before the midnight and opening it after the midnight will make the Zen Garden "reset" to all plants needing watering. I don't know if the same happens if the game is left open during the midnight.

Finally, the same page from that wiki says that you can move the mushroom and aquatic plants into the main garden section (if they are already happy/glowing), and they will still drop coins even in the "wrong" environment. Read that page for more details.

  • Now that I've grown the Tree of Wisdom more he said that chocolate lasts an hour, so you've got the right info :) thanks for the answer. – Sadly Not Oct 16 '11 at 17:56
  • Even more nasty is chocolate only works if you check up on stinky before the effect has been lost. So you have to set an alarm or something to check every hour. – MrFox Feb 27 at 13:06
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According to the wiki, the effects of the chocolate last for one hour. I am pretty sure that it does not stack, so feeding it chocolate at any time will just keep it fast for an hour after the feeding.

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