Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Unveils Life-Size Chocolate Santa Sculpture for Holiday Season

Constructed of 1,200 lbs. of chocolate, this sweet display is 2,956,818 calories

Dec 08, 2010, 09:30 ET from Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- This holiday season there will be no Santa sweeter than the one on display at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel, an Epcot Resort Hotel. A life-size chocolate Santa - complete with armchair, fireplace and Christmas tree - sculpted entirely out of chocolate will be exhibited in the lobby of the Swan throughout December. A total of 1,200 lbs. of chocolate was used for the piece, which is colored to accurately portray Santa's vibrant red suit, flowing white beard and green Christmas tree!

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The sculpture is the work of the Orlando hotel's executive pastry chef and only two-time world champion pastry chef, Laurent Branlard.  Branlard is renowned for intricate chocolate and sugar sculptures and this piece marks one his largest and most difficult ones to date. It included:  

Man Hours: 300 hours

Dark Chocolate: 880 lbs.

Milk Chocolate: 132 lbs.

White Chocolate: 154 lbs.

Cocoa Butter: 120 lbs.

And just in case any chocolate lovers are thinking of taking on the challenge of consuming this enormous sweet, they should consider that it is 2,956,818 calories! (Please note that the sculpture is not available for tasting.)

For more details about all the holiday excitement at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel or to make room reservations, please visit www.santasfavoriteresort.com or call 1-800-227-1500.

In the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is the gateway to Central Florida's greatest theme parks and attractions. The hotel is located between Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, and nearby Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Magic Kingdom Park. Guests can discover our 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds and the luxurious Mandara Spa. Enjoy five pools, two health clubs, tennis, nearby golf, complimentary transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort and the Extra Magic Hours benefit at the Walt Disney World theme parks. The hotel can be reached at 800-227-1500 or www.swandolphin.com.

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