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This Gigantic Geode is Actually Candy

A young pastry chef creates a massive 50-pound edible geode by growing rock candy inside a chocolate egg.

by Diana Shi
Apr 8 2017, 11:35am

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To the displeasure of sugar-lovers, rock candy, unlike real stones, cannot be  readily found in nature. But it can be grown inside an eggAlex Yeatts, a 20-year-old student at the Culinary Institute of America, has made candy just a tad sweeter by hatching rock candy inside massive, textured eggs. The milk-chocolate egg combined with the rock candy interior weighs about 50 pounds. 

With shining colors of deep purple and blazing orange, each egg creates a vibrant and delicious contrast. Yeatts worked with Abby Lee Wilcox, a cake decorator and fellow students at CIA, to create and hatch the six individual eggs. The purple egg resembles a shining gash from the underbelly of the planet. The glinting orange calls to mind the molten core of the Earth's center. Each candy design boasts a rough, Dinosaur-egg like outside that measures several inches in thick chocolate. 

Over the span of six months, Yeatts and Wilcox worked together to create the edible geode. The results are dazzling. Watch a video of the young chefs opening their eggs below:

To see more of the giant candy geode and other culinary works by Alex Yeatts, visit his Instagram, here.

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