Disguise: Kay Chung with her iPad covered in chocolateChocolate-coated iPad is gift to melt wife’s heart Mark Prigg, Science and Technology Editor
It is the ultimate chocolate for a gadget lover.
The gift was requested by Stefan Magdalinski, a Londoner who now lives in South Africa. He wanted to buy an iPad for his wife's birthday but was desperate to keep it a surprise.
“My wife is a huge Apple fan, and I think she knew exactly what she was getting, so I wanted to disguise it,” he said. “Initially I was going to hollow out a book and put it in there, but then I realised I could ask a friend, who happens to run a chocolate shop, if he would cover it in chocolate. We discussed the idea, and Paul decided to give it a go.”
One of the biggest challenges was delivering the iPad to South Africa, where Mr Magdalinski and his wife Kay Chung live.
“We got a friend to bring it over, and we had Paul write a letter explaining what it was. Customs actually didn't bat an eyelid, but it did take them a few hours to work out what the duty on it was.”
The chocolate iPad was created at Paul Young's Islington shop, and took around two hours to make.
“We spent a lot of time pondering over how to do it, I was very worried chocolate would get into the iPad,” said Mr Young.
“In the end we covered the iPad in several layers of food wrapper, then put a ribbon around it. We laid it on a base of almost set chcolate, the build up the sides and top to cover it, making it look like a chocolate bar.”
To unwrap the iPad, Mrs Chung simply had to pull the ribbon, which broke through the chocolate to open' the chocolate iPad.
Around 2kg of chocolate was used, and the entire process cost around £75 (exclusing the cost of the iPad). Mr Young said he hasd been inundated with request since news of the chocolate iPad appeared online.
“We're looking at doing iPods and laptops next, and we've done a few mobile phones,” he said. “It's something people who love our choclate seem to enjoy - it's the ultimate wrapping paper for them.”