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Houston Hotel Displays Half-Ton Chocolate Santa Sculpture

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File photo of a chocolate santa. (Credit: PETER KNEFFEL/AFP/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (AP) — Santa Claus has come to town in Houston and he’s sweeter than your average holiday fellow.

A Houston hotel has created a half-ton dark chocolate sculpture of Santa Claus in a chair, complete with elves.

Pastry experts at the Hilton Americas in downtown Houston used dark chocolate and a special chocolate dough to fashion the exhibit, which is on display until Dec. 30.

Hotel spokeswoman Tere Perry says the project cost about $5,000 worth of chocolate and 400 hours in work.

Officials estimate the chocolate adds up to more than 2.4 million calories.

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