Welcome to Friday!  Today, we’re doing a pictorial tour of foods that are so beautifully crafted that they look “too good to eat.”

The inspiration came from Janet Rudolph’s blog, “Dying for Chocolate” – specifically, her recent post on the Cocoagraph Company:

Dying for Chocolate: Cocoagraph: Edible Chocolate Bars from Your Photos.

Really?  Chocolate that looks like old-style Polaroid photographs?  Beautiful and edible?  I had to take a look.

from Cocoagraph’s website

 

from Cocoagraph’s website

Amazing, isn’t it?  Puts those custom-printed M&Ms to shame.

So I wondered about other foods that look “too good to eat.”  I was already familiar with things like watermelon-whale fruit bowls…

from blog.superhealthykids.com

… oh, and those lunchbox ideas for kids.  You know, the super-fussy kind, where you feel like a neglectful mother for not cutting the PBJ into star shapes, or making octopi out of hot dogs.  I’ve actually tried to do that, but my attempts had mixed results: I used a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter for the PBJ that wasted a lot of bread, so I had to make two sandwiches; the hot dogs turned out to be squids, because I could only get six legs out of the suckers.  No way could I do this on a regular basis, people.

Some more successful moms, making lunch:

image via squidoo.com

Wowzers.  Here’s another:

from Facebook

 Even if I could successfully make a food “mural” for my kids that looked decent going into the bag, it wouldn’t stay that way for long.  By lunchtime, it would look more like cubist art:

image via wikimedia,org (cc)

But it’s all good fun, right?  Here are more fascinating edible art pieces:

from funnycoolstuff.com

from Pinterest

images via waveavenue.com

Aren’t they amazing?  I’m in awe of the creative talent that went into these.

But I wonder: at what point does the art take over and the appetizing element of the food itself start to decline?  Would you really want to bite into a chocolate bar that has a baby picture of your child on it?  And who wants to be the first to cut into that gorgeous Lego cake?  (Not me.  I was the kid who reluctantly bit the ears off the chocolate bunny at Easter, LOL).  So what do you think?  I’d love your opinion.

Have you had any encounters with edible art?  Have you tried your hand at it?  Drop a line in the comments section and tell us about it!

Until next time,

Kathy

 

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