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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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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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?