La Crèche en Chocolat - Life Size Chocolate Nativity Scene

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"La Crèche en Chocolat" (The Chocolate Nativity Scene) was unveiled this Christmas season by Chantilly Chocolatier at a popular shopping mall, just north of Beirut, Lebanon. Created by 37 designers and craftsmen, using over 120,000 individually wrapped pieces of chocolate, the life-size nativity scene is the first of its kind in Lebanon and internationally.

Over 120,000 pieces of individually wrapped chocolate

Over 120,000 pieces of individually wrapped chocolate creates "La Crèche en Chocolat" by Chantilly Chocolatier

"It was truly incredible. I never imagined it to be as beautiful and intricate as people described. I had to see it first hand." says architect and mall visitor Mariette A. Jaoude.

"La Crèche en Chocolat" (The Chocolate Nativity Scene) was unveiled this Christmas season by Chantilly Chocolatier at a popular shopping mall, just north of Beirut, Lebanon. Created by 37 designers and craftsmen, using over 120,000 individually wrapped pieces of chocolate, the life-size nativity scene is the first of its kind in Lebanon and internationally.

"It was truly incredible. I never imagined it to be as beautiful and intricate as people described. I had to see it first hand." says architect and mall visitor Mariette A. Jaoude. Built on 750+ sq. feet (70 sq. m) it took more than 720 hours of work to complete the chocolate nativity scene. "We wanted to do something special for this Christmas" says Chantilly Chocolatier marketing manager.

Driven by creativity and innovation, Chantilly Chocolatier, produces its own handmade and customized arrangement. Designers and craftsmen work hand in hand to produce elaborate and elegant decorations to suit a variety of tastes and chocolate desires.

Chantilly Chocolatier was founded in 1963, expanding its reach to the Middle East in the beginning of the 1980's. With a wide variety of tantalizing palate treats Chantilly's chocolates have become synonymous with the excellence and luxury that every chocolate gourmet seeks. This unique savoir-faire has enabled Chantilly to spread its presence further and cater to the region where it opened its Dubai based chocolate factory in 2006. The factory produces a wide range of chocolates with different flavors and shapes for the local markets as well as the export markets. With over 50 different fillings Chantilly's chocolate delights are made from the finest selection of roasted cocoa beans. The premium range, which is free from preservatives and artificial flavors, boasts a wide array of savory treats varying from Grands crus to pralines, marzipan, fruit pastes, truffles, "marrons glacés", and "dragées". "Our commitment to excellence in taste and quality has driven our passion for chocolate making turning it into craftsmanship over the years." states General Manager Abdallah Ghorayeb.

"La Crèche en Chocolat" will remain on display until January 8, 2012 at CityMall, Dora Lebanon. All pieces of chocolate will be donated to various local charity organizations.

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