It should come as no surprise that people love chocolate — according to the National Confections Association, it's America's favorite flavor.
Chocoholics can even celebrate their beloved candy on International Chocolate Day every Sept. 13.
But forget about just eating chocolate. Did you ever wonder what life would be like if you lived in Willy Wonka’s world? Think chocolate rooms, clothing and even a car.
We did, so we scoured the globe to find some of the most amazing things made of chocolate. What we found were some chocolate makers who let their imaginations run wild, creating some truly unique edible objects that may surprise you. And you don’t have to be a chocoholic to appreciate these finer things in life.
At left: The German bakery group Lambertz created this full chocolate dress in 2010 for its annual Monday Night Party in Cologne. The creation was one of more than a hundred fashion pieces celebrating chocolate.
Click ahead to see other amazing objects made of chocolate.
By Michelle Fox
Updated 12 September 2012
Made of chocolate from floor to ceiling, this 183-square-foot "Chocolate Room" made shoppers drool when they encountered it at a shopping center in Lithuania. Seven artists used 611 pounds of chocolate to create the walls and decor, which was on display for Valentine's Day in 2011. And while those passing by may have been tempted, they weren't allowed to taste it.
This delicious-looking BMW was just one of many hunger-inducing attractions at the 2010 World Chocolate Wonderland in Beijing, China. Up to 80 tons of chocolate were used in making the displays, which also included a 33 foot long replica of the Great Wall and a mini-army of 650 chocolate replicas of the famous Terracotta Warriors.
This oversized mailbox is made entirely of Godiva chocolate and is adorned with hearts made of white chocolate truffles. It was created for Godiva’s 2011 Valentine’s Day celebration at its Fifth Avenue flagship boutique in New York City.
The store paid homage to the romance of the love letter by transforming itself into a chocolate pop-up experience that included the mailbox, a desk and bookshelf recreated in chocolate. Godiva even stamped and mailed customer’s love letters for free in the three weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day.
These shoes are the perfect gift for the chocoholic with a shoe obsession. They are the brainchild of chocolatier Phil Neal of the luxury West London chocolate shop, Theobroma Cacao, who wanted to combine two of women’s favorite things — chocolate and shoes.
The edible shoes are part of Theobroma Cacao’s Erotique collection and are hand-crafted from Venezuelan chocolate. They even come presented in a pink "shoebox" and are popular gifts for brides from her friends. If you are looking for something racier, check out the rest of the collection, which includes chocolate reproductions of the human form.
This chess set is made of solid milk and dark chocolate. So when you capture the castle you can eat it, too. Houston-based Kegg’s Candies makes each set by hand, using its own blend of chocolates, and each piece is individually molded. The set sells for $39.95.
What better way for a chocolate company to launch its reading campaign than to have an actress lounging on a sofa made of chocolate? That's exactly what Mars' Galaxy brand did for its 2009 "Irresistible Reads" initiative. It called in British television actress Emilia Fox to pose on a couch made of Galaxy chocolate at Victoria Embankment Gardens in London. Now that's a sofa you can melt into!
Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld turned his attention from high fashion to haute chocolate when he designed this eye-popping creation. And if the chocolate man lounging on the chocolate bed looks familiar, that’s because it was crafted in the likeness of Lagerfeld’s muse, model Baptiste Giabiconi.
It was all part of a chocolate hotel suite the fashion icon designed as part of his collaboration with Magnum ice cream. Chocolatier and chocolate sculptor Patrick Roger used over 11 tons of Belgian chocolate to bring Giabiconi’s chocolate clone and the rest of the suite to life.
This work of art was created by Shigeo Hirai of Japan for the World Chocolate Masters competition in 2009. Hirai competed with 18 other national chocolate masters before taking home the first place price. The theme of the event, which took place in Paris, was haute couture. Hirai used just over 33 pounds of Barry Callebaut chocolate to create his award-winning masterpiece.