Chocolate Easter Egg Sells for $10,000
Seven chocolatiers work for three days with Venezuelan chocolate to craft the record-setting confection
The creation by a London chocolatier weighs 110 pounds and sold at auction for the record price (March 24, 2012)
The 110-pound confection -- christened the Golden Speckled Egg -- sold for more than $10,000 to technology investor Cyrus Vandrevala.
It took seven skilled chocolatiers at Curley's Twickenham production kitchen three days to handcraft the egg. The body of the egg is made of Amadei chocolate from the Chuao region of Venezuela, what many consider the best chocolate in the world.
The egg is filled with Curley favorites that have all won gold awards from the Academy of Chocolate, including muscovado caramel, Japanese black vinegar, rosemary and olive oil, toasted sesame and juniper berry and cassis. The egg is accented with edible gold leaf.
The egg was auctioned as part of the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, which is raising money for the charities Action for Children and Elephant Family.
More than 200 eggs, each over two feet tall and created by leading artists, designers, architects and jewelers, were hidden all over London. Egg-hunters text a code on a plaque by each egg to register their finds.