NBC Sports came up with a new way to build buzz: life-size replicas of the Stanley Cup made entirely of chocolate. The network charged Jacques Torres Chocolate, a New York City based chocolate factory, with crafting these 48-pound, near three-foot tall cocoa monstrosities to distribute to various talk shows around the country in 2012
The sculpture process started by using reference photos and dimensions of the Stanley Cup to create 3D clay models.
These were cast and turned into wax and plaster parts. Those parts were then placed in a Bellovac vacuum forming machine at Jacques Torres Chocolate, which produced plastic molds for the chocolate.
Think you could handle one of these? To finish one of the replica Cups would be about the equivalent to taking down 506 Hershey’s chocolate bars.