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Chocolate Clerys clock keeps shoppers sweet

ONE of Dublin's iconic landmarks has been re-created in its entirety using the finest of Belgian chocolate.

Master chocolatier Barry Colenso has made a replica of the famous Clerys clock, which is 60cm tall (two feet).

Shoppers in the landmark store are being asked to guess the weight of the super-sized confection, which will put them in with a chance of winning a €1,000 gift card.

The clock will be donated to Temple Street Children's Hospital on December 10 next, where staff and patients can enjoy a treat with a difference.

Created by Barry Colenso, it took three weeks for him to make.

One of the world's most celebrated master chocolatiers, he has a long association with the British Royal family, making an 85th birthday cake for the Queen Mother, and creating the bespoke chocolate wedding cake enjoyed by guests at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

"It was very labour intensive. It's 64pc dark Belgian chocolate. If I had charged for every hour, it would have run into £20,000 or £30,000 (€24,000 to €37,000). Because it's for charity, you put a lot of time in for free because of where it's going to end up."

The clock is on display in Clerys until December 10.

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