GODIVA replicates Rockefeller Christmas Tree with massive seven-foot 'Chocofeller' Tree
The Rockefeller Christmas Tree has essentially become synonymous with "Christmas".
Hundreds of thousands gather around Rockefeller Plaza every year to watch and visit the tree in all its lit-up glory during the Christmas season.
And though it would be impossible to imitate (nor would anyone want to try), GODIVA may have found the one holiday hack to replicate the tree in an innovative and delicious way: Recreate the entire thing out of chocolate!
Standing at a massive seven feet, six inches tall, GODIVA will be displaying their own version of the Rockefeller Tree this month in New York City.
The display, created by GODIVA Executive Chef Thierry Muret and famed chocolate sculptor Paul Joachim ("The Chocolate Genius"), is made to replicate all of Rockefeller Plaza, including a nine-foot chocolate version of the Rockefeller building alongisde "a little girl ice-skating and Prometheus made of the same chocolate [as the tree]," Joachim told us.
The tree was created out of 32 different molds, which turned out over 1,000 leaves (each weighing around six ounces.)
But perhaps the best part about the 255-pound creation isn't just that it's pretty sweet to look at, but that you can actually control the lights on the tree from your phone.
Through December 8, Twitter users can tweet "@GODIVATree" followed by a color and watch the lights on the tree change via a livestream that can be accessed here.
Take a look below at the display in full force alongside some mind-boggling facts about its creation:
If you're thinking what we were thinking, the lights won't cause the display to melt, as Joachim told us that he used "No heat-emitting LED lights" for this project — in fact, heat and melting are surprisingly a non-issue when it comes to his massive chocolate creations:
"One of the biggest surprises that people have is, everyone thinks [my sculptures are] going to be super heat sensitive, but they're not! I live down in Florida and a couple of years ago, I had sculptures in my house and my air broke over the summer (it was literally 91 degrees in my house) and [the sculptures] were fine! The biggest danger with these is direct light...the sun and the UV lighting breaks down the cocoa butter, and that will break down the chocolate."
Located just one block from Rockefeller Plaza (where this year's actual tree is already lit up), the 2017 Chocofeller Tree is displayed at GODIVA's flagship location on 50th Street in Manhattan.