Easter is of course a religious holiday, but also one that many of us will be celebrating with our stomachs. A recent walk down Rue Saint Honore in Paris – home to more than a handful of chic boutique chocolatiers – proved that there is a growing appetite for artisan chocolate. A suggestion that can be reinforced by a mooch around any other city’s boutique area or even your local posh deli. Today we’ve cast the net wide to bring you a medley of bizarre chocolate art and present to you now our top three – all of which make the humble egg look like it could try harder.
More popular than you might imagine had you never Googled the words “chocolate trainer”. A number of edible sneakers have been lovingly made and, in the case of one maker at least, intended to be lovingly eaten too. Artist Joost Goudriaan worked with Rotterdam chocolatier Chocaholic to make a collection of chocolate Nike Air Max 1’s around seven years ago, inspired by having sneaker-fanatic friends who spent a fortune on trainers only to store them in sealed bags in temperature controlled rooms. Targeting shoe-fanatics and their loved ones as customers, the artist included in the packaging for his trainers a contract obliging the buyer to eat their gift.
Just last year designer Milan Miladinov created a Nike Air Max 90 (above) in celebration of the trainer’s 25th anniversary. He used a chocolate 3D printer and the details – laces, bases, stitching and all – are incredible. Also, edible. Find out more about his project here and chocolate 3D printers here, in case you’re tempted to whip up some of your own Easter gifts this year.
For anyone out there who holds a special place in their heart for Spinal Tap – somebody has created a chocolate Stone Henge. We cannot claim to know if they worked to the right scale or not. That same somebody has cornered the chocolate architecture market and is Italian master chocolatier Mirco Della Vecchio, who holds the most world records in the Guinness Book of Records in the chocolate category. The craftsman also made the Statue of Liberty, Colosseum, Parthenon, Arc de Triomphe, Tower of Pisa, Taj Mahal and many more sculptures for his Chocolate World Heritage exhibition in Hong Kong in 2011.
Yup, that is a life-size chocolate Benedict Cumberbatch. Last year, to celebrate the launch of UKTV’s On Demand Drama strand, a sculpture of the actor was commissioned as a publicity stunt after a national poll found the actor to be – cringe alert – “Britain’s dishiest TV drama actor”. The actor was sculpted in clay before a team including Jen Lindsey-Clark of She Bakes (pictured above in real form) covered the model in over 500 bars worth of chocolate.
This is not the weirdest chocolate person thing to happen. The aforementioned Mirco Della Vechia once made a chocolate Pope Francis and if you click on that link you’ll see the real Pope confronting his chocolate doppelganger.