The ten-meter-high tree, towering inside chocolatier Patrick Roger's chocolate factory in the Parisian suburb of Sceaux, weighs a trouser popping four tonnes and is described as a rare piece of 'architecture'.
"To achieve this kind of architecture - because this really is a piece of architecture - we used a sort of cavity inside to make the chocolate solid enough, because there is very strong vertical pressure," explained Roger.
The tree, which took Roger's team over a month to craft, will be one of the main highlights at France's Telethon, a nationwide charity event that will be broadcast on French television on December 3 and 4. Participants will receive pieces of the tree in exchange for their donations.
Patrick Roger is one France's most famous chocolatiers. He was honoured as the prestigious 'Meilleur Ouvrier de France Chocolatier' (best French artisan-chocolatier) in 2000, an award for professionals combining art and taste and proving to be worthy representatives of French gastronomy.
Roger's laboratory also features a wide range of other chocolate sculptures, including small Santas, reindeers and other figurines.
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