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article imageGiant chocolate Christmas tree will help raise funds for charity

By Lynn Curwin     Nov 28, 2010 in World
Sceaux - A chocolate lover’s ideal Christmas decoration, a ten-metre-high tree made entirely of chocolate, has been created in France to help raise funds for charity.
French chocolatier Patrick Roger constructed the giant treat, which is now inside his factory in Sceaux. It weighs four tonnes, which is equal to about 800,000 regular-sized chocolate bars.
"To achieve this kind of architecture – because this really is a piece of architecture – we used a sort of cavity inside to make the chocolate solid enough, because there is very strong vertical pressure,” The Telegraph quoted him as saying.
It took about a month to build the tree, which will be shown on France's Telethon, a charity appeal show, to raise funds for neuromuscular diseases. Those who make donations will receive a piece of the chocolate creation.
Roger's laboratory also includes other holiday items created from chocolate, including Santas and reindeers – although they are on a much smaller scale.
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