These People Made a Life-Sized Benedict Cumberbatch Out of Chocolate

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More than 500 chocolate bars were melted and molded into Benedict to celebrate the launch of the new UKTV streaming service
These People Made a Life-Sized Benedict Cumberbatch Out of Chocolate
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Easter came early this year in the form of a Benedict Cocoa-batch.

Forget those Emmys and Critics’ Circle Awards: the greatest accomplishment of Benedict Cumberbatch’s career is the time a team of eight artists made a life-sized replica of him entirely out of chocolate. The dashing cocoa representation stands at just over six feet tall, weighs 88 pounds, and is made of more than 500 bars of chocolate as a promotion for the launch of Drama, a new channel on the UKTV streaming service in the United Kingdom, according to IGN. The one downside is that we doubt Sherlock would be able to make any snarky comments about the stupidity of the human race in chocolate form.

Benedict Cumberbatch was selected as the U.K.’s “dishiest actor” from a pool of fellow “delicious” Brit actors, like David Tennant, Idris Elba, and Damian Lewis. The prize was the immortalization of his visage in chocolate. Cumberbatch is dressed for a red carpet occasion — in a dashing tuxedo and bowtie — and looks good enough to eat. The whole thing took 250 hours to sculpt and carve to Cumber-fection. One of The Daily Meal writers was recently immortalized in Cheez-It form, but this artistic creation is far more nuanced.

“Benedict has such a distinctive look that it was a challenge but a pleasure to recreate him in chocolate,” the lead sculptor told the UK Standard. “A secret combination of methods ensured we got a great likeness — we're sure his legions of fans will approve!"

You can see what it took to make Benedict’s sweet replica below:

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