I've written before about how we always buy Easter chocolate at the tiny French bakery Le Petit Prince, but we'd never been there to see the treasures they create for Christmas. On a recent visit, the store was filled with magnificent chocolate Santas and display cases full of elaborate Christmas cookies. The molds used for these hand-made chocolates were brought to Birmingham from the south of France decades ago, so they are pretty unique. Marcel Didierjean trained in Switzerland to become a chocolate maker. I just love the personality of that Santa and the craftsmanship involved to make and color him.
Here was our full trove (the bottom two are cookies):
It didn't take long before that poor Santa cookie was happily decapitated.