CHOCOLATE DREAMS

A colorful 52-inch-high by 73-inch-wide rendition of Santa’s Workshop will be on display through Dec. 31 at The Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Court. Weighing in at more than 100 pounds, this scrumptious sculpture is comprised of chocolate and other sweet delectables. Entirely edible — don’t even think about the calorie count — the fanciful display depicts 11 cheerful elves engaged in various activities, from hanging holiday lights to distributing gifts to decorating cookies. The brainchild of pastry chef Melissa Logan and the resort’s pastry team, the whimsical creation took more than 240 hours and three weeks to design and assemble. The chefs used 50 pounds of fondant, 100 pounds of chocolate, 10 pounds of icing, one box of parchment paper, three pounds of chocolate velvet spray, 12 ounces of food color and 27 ounces of food lacquer. Courtesy photo

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