The making of a Lindt Gold Bunny
We are truly lucky that the Lindt Gold Bunny has become a big part of many chocolate lovers at Easter.
Loved and enjoyed all around the world, the Lindt Gold Bunny is not only adorable and instantly recognisable- with its gold foil and the gold bell, but the Lindt Gold Bunny is simply delectable.
The Lindt Gold Bunny has been enjoyed and adored by chocolate lovers since 1952 and you can find out a little more about the history of the Lindt chocolate version of this Easter icon here.
But just how is a Lindt Gold Bunny made...?
Celebrating Easter with gifts that symbolise and celebrate Spring and new life has been a tradition for centuries and sweet breads in the shape of lambs and bunnies were soon replaced with chocolate as chocolate was introduced in Europe in the early 19th Century.
However only the invention of the Conche by Rodolphe Lindt in 1879 created a 'fondant' chocolate. A chocolate that would melt completely on your tongues. This fondant chocolate was delicious and liquid when melted which was a big change from previous chocolates that were dry, crumbly and gritty.
This amazing development in chocolate allowed Chocolatiers to create hollow figures for the first time, made with the aid of moulds and which to this day are a true highlight demonstrating the art of the Master Chocolatier.
Perfectly tempered chocolate slightly shrinks when it crystallises and sets, pulling away slightly from the mould and so allowing Lindt Chocolatiers to create hollow figures in shapes such as the Lindt Gold Bunny.
To create a Lindt Gold Bunny, the delectable, tempered chocolate is weighed into one half of the chocolate mould.
The second half is placed on top to close the Lindt Gold Bunny mould encasing the chocolate.
The mould is placed on a machine that turns it across all axles, 'spinning' around and by doing so allowing the chocolate to evenly coat the mould.
Once an even layer is achieved and the chocolate starts to set, the chocolate Bunny gets cooled gently to ensure the perfect crystallisation of the chocolate.
The crystallisation ensures that the delectable chocolate, which is the heart of every Lindt Gold Bunny, boasts the perfect sheen and firm snap when broken.
Once the chocolate is set fully (and has pulled away from the mould slightly) the Lindt Gold Bunny is released from the mould and moves on to the next exciting phase.
The gold foil.
The iconic gold foil is wrapped around each bunny gently and each and every Lindt Gold Bunny receives a little 'polish' from the Lindt Master Chocolatiers to ensure the foil is smooth and fits just perfectly.
By the way, all the large 1kg Bunnies still get hand foiled.
The next and last step is the grand finale.
Each Lindt Gold Bunny gets the signature ribbon and the small gold bell placed by hand for a truly unique touch.
The end result is a truly delicious chocolate in a beautiful, recognisable and iconic shape to celebrate Easter with Lindt Chocolate.
By the way, we currently create around 150 Million Lindt Gold Bunnies, making this a symbol for Easter loved and enjoyed by young and old all around the globe.
Wishing you and your families a Happy Easter!
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