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Boffins brew cup of tea in a chocolate teapot

By T.K. Randall
September 9, 2014 · Comment icon 17 comments

John Costello pours excess chocolate from a mould. Image Credit: YouTube / Nestle UK Press Office
Master chocolateers have proven that the impossible is possible by creating a working chocolate teapot.
An utterly useless idea is often said to be as "useful as a chocolate teapot", yet scientists and engineers at the Nestle Product Technology Centre this week have turned the impractically of the concept on its head by actually managing to build a fully functioning teapot made entirely out of chocolate.

John Costello and his team found that the secret to enabling the teapot to withstand being filled with hot water was to build it up from layers of dark chocolate within a special silicon mould.
"If you pour the water in a certain way and you don't stir inside, and let it brew like you would normally brew a cup of tea, and just let it stand for a little while – when you pour it, what happens is that the chocolate on the inside of the shell melts but doesn't move anywhere," said Costello.

In total the process of building the teapot took around two-and-a-half hours.

Source: Western Daily Press | Comments (17)

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Comment icon #8 Posted by JVG 9 years ago
If you ask them nicely they might make a chocolate coffee pot next! That's a great idea!!
Comment icon #9 Posted by MJNYC 9 years ago
Well, it's still useless. Who's going to drink tea or eat chocolate laced with silicone?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Aardvark-DK 9 years ago
Mmmm Silicon Chocolate....always wanted that...and tea of course...
Comment icon #11 Posted by tagace1 9 years ago
well hope they like their tea sweet
Comment icon #12 Posted by Red Howler 9 years ago
That will taste like cocoa. Very nice.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Eldorado 9 years ago
How about chocolate records that you can eat with your cuppa tea.... after you listen to them?
Comment icon #14 Posted by Mikenator 9 years ago
this isn't a real teapot a real teapot can be put on the stove with a flame or heat underneath this thing is just chocolate shaped like a teapot I've seen many people take a plastic teapot in real life and stick it on the stove when they're drunk it's only a matter of time before somebody gets too drunk and end up melting one of these things on the stove and start a fire
Comment icon #15 Posted by Nicany 9 years ago
It'd be eaten within a week. LOL! Get a bunch of kids together and present that at a party, and it'd be gone sometime before a week!
Comment icon #16 Posted by Still Waters 9 years ago
I wonder how this works when like me, I don't take sugar in my tea. I wonder if the tea tastes sweet and sickly.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Dracona15 9 years ago
Mmm...silicon chocolate flavored tea.

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