Lickable Wallpaper! Holy Willy Wonka!
It took just one viewing of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory to fill my head with visions of fizzy lifting drinks, three-course dinner gum and, of course, rivers made of chocolate (preferably uncontaminated by Augustus Gloop). But, Today reports, there’s a new, real-life sweet to boggle the sweet-addled mind—lickable wallpaper.
A new art-meets-confections installation in London features the stuff lining the walls of an elevator (not made of glass, we assume), at a communications firm called Engine, according to the news show. Designed by artist Damien Hirst and “mad scientist chef” Heston Blumenthal, the wallpaper, which took a group of artists and food techs to perfect, is covered with nearly 1,500 Jaffa Cakes, a sponge cake/cookie-like treat with an orange jelly layer that’s covered in chocolate, and popular in the U.K., Today adds.
At first, the idea of licking the wallpaper, titled “Spot of Jaffa,” off an elevator sounded about as sweet as licking the bottom of Slugworth’s shoe. But, thank goodness, a bellboy is on hand to peel off stickers after they’ve been licked, the news show reports, so you don’t have to swap spit with your elevator-riding pals.
It’s still kind of gross to lick any wall, whether it tastes like orange chocolate sponge cake or not. And who wants some bellboy stranger hovering nearby? But, still, we’d never say never. Especially if they come up with a wallpaper that tastes like Krispy Kremes. Plus, it’d be calorie-free, right? Fine, I’ve changed my mind. To quote Veruca Salt: “I want it now!”
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