Awesome & Weird Chocolate, Part 2

Link - article by Avi Abrams

If it's sweetness you crave, then sweetness you will have... and much, much more

The story of chocolate starts from the deep antiquity: Mayan and Aztec civilization used chocolate as a highly desirable offering to the gods, and had a special character (looking like a cute fish) to write the word "Kakaw" - cocoa:

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Interestingly, the fish characters make sense, as the word "chocolatl" consists of "chokol" meaning "hot", and the Nahuatl "atl" meaning "water". By the way, this is what the cocoa fruit (from which chocolate is made) looks like:

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Interplanetary Travel: just by using your taste buds:

These are "Out of This World" Chocolates! Available from White Rabbit company from Japan (made by chocolatier L’éclat of the Righa Royal Hotel Japan), this heavenly set will appeal to any red-blooded geek who likes chocolate and LOTS of space to go with it:

(images credit: L’éclat, via)

Remember the (sort-of) hilarious song by R.E.M. "It's the End of the World (and I Like It)"? Well, with this set of chocolates you can swallow the Earth, the Moon, etc. etc. and entirely like this process.

They also make some "sugary asteroids"...

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The Chocolate Express (inside a concrete station)

A part of the Carl Warner's "Foodscapes", this is one sweet train to catch! See his incredible foodscapes here;

Another chocolate train was created by Julia Ferguson as a one-off project, and it looks great! -

(image credit: Julia Ferguson, J. J. Miller)

Many other locations offer chocolate sculptures on display, for example this one:

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Salon du Chocolat

Here are some of the designs seen at the 15th World Chocolate Fair in Paris:

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From the classic (and pretty tame) chocolate art - to some wild and wondrous examples:

Chocolate art indeed can be sensuous and evocative:

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On the right is part of the chocolate shoe "Forever Art" collection by Gerhard Petzl (see more here):

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Here is a Japanese manga strip slice, already half-eaten... and a tribal mask, hollow inside:

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Careful, there is a chocolate nail inside! (one of the projects made during a workshop with Florence Doléac, Olivier Sidet and Ronan Bouroullec):

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Chocolate nails will go great with the chocolate tool box (left image below). On the right is the Chocolate Scrabble:

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This is the whole room full of edible Godiva chocolate creations, by Larry Abel and Raymond McCallister - more info:

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These chocolate pencils (or rather crayons) is the work of artist Oki Sato and patissier Tsujiguchi Hironobu: it even comes with a "pencil sharpener" to grate the chocolate unto your dessert! - more info:

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Delicious Chocolate... Couch?? Yes! Do not sit on it - scoop it up:

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By now, you have probably seen chocolate keyboard in one form, or another. This is definitely a classic:

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And how about this "Choco-clock" which lets you regulate your chocolate consumption: it gives out a treat only once an hour. You will have to be patient (or you will have to break the clock open):

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Chocolate Art Gone Nuts

Chocolate Russian Roulette can be seen on the left (we do not need to add anything, but rather just gaze at it in wonderment and trying to imagine buying it for daily entertainment). On the right are the Sugar Skulls! You can make them yourself, here is the full process. This sort of candy is called Mexican Skull Candy and is made specifically for the Day of the Dead Festival.

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"Chocolate Skulls Gone Nuts"? "Edible Brain Candy"? Any of these titles will do. You can buy these delightful crazy desserts here:

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Make chocolate, not war! -

And if you do get hurt eating such aggressive chocolates, here is a chocolate Band Aid to soothe your wounds:

(image credit: Motosuki Fukuma)

Daniel Craig Lollipop. 'Nough said.

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Even more repulsive: human organs and such... sculpted from chocolate by Stephen J. Shanabrook: see a lot more here:

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"I do not like Valentine's Day, and I'm not afraid to say it"

These Japanese chocolate plates, done in the style of manga characters, proclaim some blasphemous things, like:

"I hate Valentine's!"
"Valentine's has been canceled this year"

More manga slices here, and the resulting cake:

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Article by Avi Abrams, Dark Roasted Blend.




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Anonymous gregory urbano said...

whoa, the chocolate trains were awesome!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don Quixote sculpture is from Chocolat Museum of Barcelona:



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