by The Chocolate Dictionary
A chocoform is an object moulded in chocolate which, though serving little practical purpose in itself, is nevertheless admired for its verisimilitude and impact.
Popular with fans are chocolate chess sets, with milk chocolate and white pieces that can be eaten when the game is over – presumably after “choc mate” has been declared. Equally popular are chocolate tool sets replete with hammers, spanners, pliers, scissors, pincers and screwdrivers. The most lifelike of these are dusted with cocoa powder to give them an authentic rusted look. One can also find realistic chocolate keyboards, Lego bricks, CD’s, coffee cups, spoons, handguns, trainers, stilettos, flowers and lipsticks.
American company US Elite are one of many who sell chocolate ammo, comprising military-style tins containing 20 – 40 target-hungry rounds of .50-calibre milk chocolate bullets. Good for occasions when the bullet has to be bitten; but even better for those chocolateers seeking to give new meaning to the expression death by chocolate.
Also from the States, but less deadly, are the art duo Mary & Matt who do a chocolate bar in which the squares are replica Scrabble tiles. With bars like these, words like delicious really do live up to their meaning, and the joys of truffles, ganaches and pralines can be spelt with so much more conviction than with the tiles from a conventional Scrabble set.
At the forefront of ingenious chocoforms are Japanese artists like Oki Sato and his collaborator Tsujiguchi Hironobu, who have created chocolate pencils so realistic one it is almost possible to write with them.
Many truly remarkable chocoforms were displayed at the Tokyo Chocolate exhibition in 2007, including a miniature chocolate city (actually a 3-D map of Tokyo); a gramophone that played chocolate records; an anatomically correct chocolate heart, presumably for the chocophile in all of us; ballet pumps; and individually cut chocolate keys for unlocking – what? – the deepest secrets of the universe? Not at the Tokyo exhibition, but most worthy of inclusion, is the Hong Kong artist Toby Ng, who won awards in 2009 and 2012 for his amazing, lickable, British postage stamps.