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Deutsches Technikmuseum - December

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Exhibit of the Month December 2014

Photo: A group of tall and small chocolate Santa Clauses, friendly or - not so friendly - looking, accompanied by a cheated New Year`s Eve-hare wearing a trefoil.

Christmas emissaries of various shapes, in different costumes (or "camouflage") © SDTB / Photo: C. Kirchner

Hollow Chocolate Christmas Figures

Various kinds of edible sweets can be found in the Sugar Museum´s permanent collection. In April 1997, for instance, a private collection of chocolate figures was added to the inventory. These objects, which had been assembled over the course of over four decades, had even been able to survive a flood in the museum´s cellar by virtue of being housed in a steel closet.

When in 2012 the closet was opened during the process of the Sugar Museum´s move to the Deutsches Technikmuseum, a group of almost three hundred well-preserved chocolate figures came to light in a cloud of cocoa smells. They were then individually stored in the air-conditioned warehouse in the museum´s depot. A seasonally appropriate selection of figures are displayed here for your edification and admiration. These Christmassy hollow chocolate figures were produced by a diverse group of chocolate manufacturers including Bergland, Riegelein, Lindt, Trumpf, Sarotti, Sprengel, Stollwerck, Friedel, Brandt and Hosta.

"Jahresendfiguren" (Year-end figures)

In the former East Germany, the lone producer of hollow chocolate figures was the VEB (Nationally Owned Enterprise) Bergland company in Oderwitz. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Bergland Company was taken over by the West German company Riegelein and operated under the name Kathleen Schokoladenfabrik. "Jahresendfiguren" (Year-end figures), as Father Christmas and his angels were jokingly referred to in the GDR, continue, along with other seasonal goods, to be an important part of their product assortment.

The new exhibition space "Sugars and Beyond! Food – Matter – Energy" of the Sugar Museum, which since its founding in 1904 had been located in Berlin-Wedding, was inaugurated in November 2015 in close proximity to this glass cabinet.

The Stiftung Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin extends fond wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

P.S.: Who can spot the figure that conjures up the New Year while intimating premature Easter greetings at the same time?