Chocolate blasphemies

In 2007 the Italo-Canadian artist Cosimo Cavallaro secured free publicity with the condemnation by idiot American Catholic reactionaries of his harmless chocolate Jesus.

Here in Spain, you can have an entire chocolate Nativity scene, as a normal expression of commercially-tinged religious sentimentality. In fact a whole 1,450 kilo sugar Nativity Granada, in a chocolate factory in the small Andalusian town of Rute. (The other industry is anis.)
Chocolate crib general

The Nativity is rather nicely put into the Court of the Lions in the Alhambra.

Chocolate crib Lionsl
I liked the urban chocolate fountain and the multiply inaccurate ham bodegas and marzipan pigs wandering the streets.

Chocolate crib pigsl
Photos credit Lu Mendonça (aka Mrs W)

Saccharine would be the wrong word. Soft-centred, yes.


    • James Wimberley says

      Looking forward to reading the piece. These sugary constructions are strangely transgressive: the attraction is that they are potentially desirable foodstuffs, but have in a way ceased to be so by diversion into the raw material of art. Cf. the witch’s gingerbread house in Hansel and Gretel. This is German or Alsatian gingerbread, a rigid aerated material roughly like polystyrene board that you could at a pinch build with, not the spongy (but far more edible) British sort.

  1. John Herbison says

    In regard to chocolate Jesus, where would one get the idea of the body of the Christ as foodstuff?

    Can the contention of blasphemy be [tran]substantiated?

    • James Wimberley says

      The use of the word in the title was ironical. If there is such a sin or social offence as blasphemy, it’s clear that neither of my examples meet any plausible test, unlike say Serrano’s “Piss Christ”.
      I was hoping some readers might react to the pigs.