Last week, after conducting a survey of TV’s tastiest dramatic actors, UKTV released photos of a delicious, if bizarre, creation: a life-sized model of the actor Benedict Cumberbatch made entirely of chocolate. It took eight people 250 hours to complete the edible sculpture, made to celebrate UKTV’s new on demand service. Luckily for Cumberbatch fans everywhere, the saga of “Chocobatch” continues: UKTV set up the sculpture in a crowded shopping center and recorded the results.
Cumberbatch fans, sometimes proudly self-described as “Cumberbitches” (hey, I just report the news, folk), are known to be a particularly devoted bunch, so it’s no surprise that the chocolate version of the Sherlock star caused a stir during his public appearance. The video begins by showing the crew putting the Chocobatch together; apparently his head and hands are stored separately from the rest of his body. (I know that it probably makes the most sense to store him this way, but I like to imagine the sculpture being carved from a single giant block of chocolate. Michelangelo famously wrote,“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls [...] to reveal it....” I’d like to think that every giant block of chocolate contains the form of Benedict Cumberbatch, just waiting to get out.)
It doesn’t take long for people to start showing their appreciation for the sculpture by pulling off his chocolaty fingers …
Kissing him …
And, er, licking him.
Cumberbatch is popular in real life, of course, but in this case people literally can’t get enough of him. Someone even pulls off his nose! How rude.
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