Keystone pastry chef creates chocolate village |

Keystone pastry chef creates chocolate village

Just in time for the holidays, Keystone’s executive pastry chef Ned Archibald is readying his ninth annual chocolate village, a masterful work of chocolate art that will be unveiled and on display inside the Keystone Lodge, Friday through Jan. 2. The chocolate village is constructed using more than 2,000 pounds of the finest chocolate from Switzerland, Belgium and Germany. A 280-pound semisweet chocolate mountain covered in powdery sugar snow anchors the miniature “Chocolateville,” which features a chocolate gondola, a semisweet chocolate waterfall and white chocolate trees, as well as a moving chocolate train running through the chocolate town that adds whimsy to the scene. Two chocolate nutcrackers, weighing 120 pounds each, stand guard over the town. The initial concept and construction spanned nearly five months. Each season chef Archibald adds yet another chocolate element to his village. He estimates that the chocolate alone used in the display would be worth more than $11,000.

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