Picture a Stanley Cup that looks good enough to eat.
That's what chefs Jacquy Pfeiffer and Sebastien Canonne, co-founders of The French Pastry School in Chicago, have created -- a replica of the Stanley Cup, made entirely out of chocolate.
The actual Stanley Cup is made of silver and nickel alloy, is about three feet tall and weighs approximately 35 pounds. The French Pastry School sculpture, made out of pure Cacao Barry chocolate couverture and colored cocoa butter, is six feet tall and weighs nearly 50 pounds -- including the cup itself, the base, a hockey stick on top, and a giant hockey puck featuring the Blackhawks logo. As with the real Cup, the chocolate reproduction includes the names of the players and coaches engraved on the side.
The sculpture took the chefs more than 150 hours to complete and included the collaboration of other chef instructors at the school, including as Master Cake Artist Mark Seaman and Pastry Chef Instructor Joshua Johnson.
The chocolate Cup is being delivered to the city for display. The Blackhawks will be honored with a parade on Friday after ending a 49-year Stanley Cup drought with a 4-3 overtime victory over Philadelphia in Game 6 on Wednesday night.
For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.
— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Rangers win in Game 6 forced a Game 7 that will be played at Madison Square Garden on Friday