This massive life-sized statue is actually made of chocolate—a whole 120 pounds of it.
Famous chocolatier Amaury Guichon spent 18 hours on the confection. Watch the video above to see how it was done.
Now, chocolate sculptures like this masterpiece require a number of tools, hands and an immense amount of chocolate. We know you might not have access to all of that so here are some tips to get you started with making your own chocolate sculptures at home:
● The molding is the most basic part of starting a chocolate sculpture. Those Easter bunnies; yea, they came from a mold shaped like a bunny with carvings and grooves on the inside. You begin by pouring the melted chocolate into the mold, let it harden, remove it from the mold and voila! You now have your very own chocolate sculpture. Most arts and craft stores sell chocolate molds that range in sizes from very tiny to extra larger than life. If you don’t find one that you like, you can even get creative and make your own. Everyday household items like aluminum foil and even parchment paper are great for molding and shaping into whatever shape you would like. Clay molds also have a slightly wider variety and you can even purchase on to use. Just be sure that it’s brand new – no one wants wet clay in their chocolate.
● Now let’s suppose that you want to try a freehand chocolate sculpture instead, that is possible too. The great thing about this form of art is that it is inexpensive – both the medium (chocolate) and the molds. It is an ideal artform for amateurs, since if you mess up you can always eat the results. Before you begin with your freehand piece, choose a theme for your chocolate sculpture. In most cases, your mold of choice should be parchment paper. Start by drawing your design on the parchment paper, then cover your design with melted white or dark chocolate – try doing it on the back of the image so as to not get any lead or pencil graphite into the mix. Put another piece of paper on top and gently tap the entire thing to eliminate any air bubbles. Let your artwork sit a while for about ten minutes then cut around the outline. Let it set completely and then remove the parchment paper to reveal the commencement of your chocolate sculpture. Do you have any broken pieces? No problem, just “glue” them back together using any leftover melted chocolate. If that’s not enough for you and you would like to take your sculpture to another level, fill a pastry bag with melted chocolate in a contrasting color to decorate your design. After you have created the amount of embellishments you desire, now you can assemble everything as you see fit using melted chocolate. Et Voila, your very own chocolate sculpture.
This is also a very fun project that can be enjoyed with your kids at home. Let their imagination run wild and have some messy chocolate fun.
Credit: Amaury Guichon