Custom Chocolate University Donor Gifts and Blister Packaging Chicago Culinary FX

University Donor Custom Chocolate Gifts

A prominent university reached out to Chicago Culinary FX to recreate an iconic bronze statue in miniature form of an 8” chocolate figurine. The client explained that they wanted to give chocolate replicas of the ‘founding father’ to their largest private donors at an upcoming fundraising gala. We were eager to help realize make their university donor custom chocolate gifts and create something memorable.

Recreating the Statue in Miniature

The client sent us a detailed collection of photographs of the 10 foot tall bronze statue. From there, our creative team worked like a special effects studio, hand sculpting in clay as many of the original bronze details as possible. When the client reviewed the miniature sculpture with all of its exacting details and facial features, the client responded with a very simple email, “WOW”.

Finding the right Chocolatier

After the artisan silicone molds for detail chocolate casting were made, we knew it would take a seasoned chocolatier/pastry chef familiar with silicone molds to handle the chocolate work. We gladly reached out to National Pastry Champion, Executive Pastry Chef & Chocolatier, our dear friend, David Ramirez. Upon receiving the silicone molds at his shop in Florida, David’s team began casting more than 500 chocolate statues.

Custom Thermoformed Packaging

Since the chocolates needed to be shipped a long distance from David Ramirez's Chocolate shop in Florida, we determined it was necessary to create custom thermoformed plastic shells to protect the irregular shaped statuettes. With our thermoform division up and running, we developed a process to create precise, form-fitted clear hard plastic packaging to keep the chocolate secure and protected from breakage.

In the end, the teamwork between Chicago Culinary FX and David Ramirez Chocolates resulted in the creation of more than 500 hyper realistic, gold-luster dusted chocolate statues for the client’s gala event. Shinning as bright as polished bronze, the university donors were amazed with their elegant chocolate statues.