Cadbury World chocolatier Dawn Jenks adds some finishing touches to the chocolate Nutcracker model (Phil Barnett/PA)
Cadbury World has produced a chocolate model of The Nutcracker to celebrate the renowned ballet arriving in Birmingham.
The 70cm tall solid chocolate figure took two days to create and weighs 7kg, the equivalent of 155 standard bars of Cadbury Dairy Milk.
Cadbury World chocolatiers Dawn Jenks and Donna Oluban hand-painted The Nutcracker’s face with liquid cocoa butter and used black cocoa butter to produce his hat, hair, moustache, beard, shoes, belt and trousers.
His distinctive jacket – with fringes and buttons – was dusted with edible gold glitter, and a gold lustre was added to the sword.
Diane Mitchell, marketing manager at Cadbury World, said: “Our artistic chocolatiers are renowned for making magnificent creations to mark a vast variety of special occasions, and this latest masterpiece demonstrates their creativity and talent.
“We’re delighted to welcome The Nutcracker back to Birmingham and couldn’t be happier to be part of the celebrations. We can’t wait for everyone to see him.”
This will be the first time this version has been performed outside London.
Carlos Acosta artistic director at Birmingham Royal Ballet, said: “The Nutcracker is such a special tradition, so we’re delighted to have a hand-crafted and beautiful chocolate creation from Cadbury World on display to mark this monumental production at Birmingham Hippodrome.
“I know our audiences will love this incredible creation as well as this year’s spectacular show.”
The chocolate creation will be on display at Birmingham Hippodrome for visitors to see throughout the run of The Nutcracker from November 20 until December 11.