Pope Francis Meets a Life-Sized Chocolate Statue of Himself

02/06/2014 at 03:00 PM ET

Chocolate Pope Francis

Move over, chocolate Easter bunnies: There’s a sweeter treat in town.

Pope Francis received a chocolate replica of himself during his general audience Wednesday at the Vatican, L’Osservatore Romano reports.

The gift was made from 1.5 tons of dark chocolate by students of Master Chocolatier Mirco Della Vecchia from the Accademia of Maestri Cioccolatieri, and took 30 days to create, reports CNA Traviso.

The chocolatiers also worked with sculptor Paul Moro Belluno, known for his ability to carve any material.

Chocolate Pope Francis

So, what happens now? We feel guilty even eating the ears off of chocolate bunnies — we can’t imagine tearing into the chocolate pontiff! Luckily, this is cocoa for a good cause: A Catholic organization called Caritas Romana will eventually end up with all that chocolate to distribute for charity.

—Sheila Baylis

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Jan on

I love this Pope!

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I thought the word Pontiff was supposed to be spelled with a capital “P.”

Elremg on

i wouldn’t want to eat it! can it be preserved?

Kate on

How does Catholic guilt address a chocolate addiction?

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