No, this is not “Alternate Universe Pope,” “Sith Pope,” or “Pope Benedict XVI in A Terrible Disguise”: this is a lifesize replica of Pope Francis, presented to the Pontiff today at the Vatican. The choco-ganger was a gift from the master chocolatier Mirco Della Vecchia, an instructor at the Accademia de Maestri Cioccolatieri.
According to the New York Daily News, the pope was carved out of 1.5 tons of dark chocolate from Guatemala, and is a totally wasted gift, seeing as the Jesuit pope doesn’t really give into food indulgences that often. Per USA Today:
Baked skinless chicken, salad, fruit and a glass of simple wine is certainly not food fit for a king. But it is a meal fit for a pope…Jesuit traditions favor simple cuisine — one of the rules of the order is for diners to fill up on bread because it avoids the “disorder” that comes from being “tempted by other foods” — something the new pope has apparently taken to heart.
The fate of the chocolate pope remains unknown, but in the meantime, we discovered this song by Electic Six, which means we’ve had a pretty good day:
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