With the prevalence of goth-glam-swag, it’s no surprise that the skull motif is everywhere. It is a bit surprising that people are so enthused about eating it. Enterprising people have created skulls from almost every type of edible. We’ve scoured the interwebs and pulled together the top five best and worst examples of chowable craniums for your viewing pleasure. Best first, of course:
Marina Malvada makes chocolate skulls using a mould cast from an actual human skull. She uses “bone chocolate,” her signature blend of Belgian white and milk chocolates, to get that just-pulled-from-the-crypt look. The process takes about three weeks from start to finish. You can own one, if you like, just pop over to her site and order it.
The ever-bizarre Flaming Lips released four new tracks last year on an USB key embedded in a 3.2 kilo gummy skull. To get to the songs, just rip right through the gummy brain. A second iteration featured a marijuana-flavored brain, which, all things considered, seems like a logical next step.
While this could be interpreted as a statement on American consumerism, we're more interested in the teeth and the engineering marvel that is the eye sockets.
Helen Altman molded millet seed, bamboo, poppyseed, and many other types of spices and ingredients into skulls. They say the exhibition at New York's Museum of Art and Design smelled delicious.
Fruit and Veg Skulls
While these proliferate, especially made of autumn gourds for Halloween, DimitriTsykalov's fruit and veg skulls stand out from the pack. They're graphic and skillful. He also waits until they've just started rotting to photograph them, so that the fruit (or veg) has shrivelled and begun to decay.
And the anxiously-awaited worst:
The clincher is that they're advertised as a "great children's project."
This one's really unsettling and almost gory. I can't even imagine why this much deli meat is even useful, and the olives and onions as eyeballs configuration is questionable. The wimpy bed of lettuce (half iceberg, half spinach) really makes it, though.
Partially horrible because it's 2-D, this one also fails because the remnants are impossible to decipher. However, it's partially wonderful because of the blatant finger-painting style and the swan placemat.
Pathetic, especially with the inclusion of that should-be-enticing butter pat.
Cake Pop Skulls
This one gets bonus points for creativity, since they're shaped and iced by hand, and because the woman who made them tackled the ever-tricky cake pop with panache. She also said she was going for that "gritty, ghoulish, just-dug-up, dirty look," which explains the color choice. Looks like she nailed it. Not sure what to make of the leering skulls in the background, but they might taste good.
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