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With Valentine’s Day coming soon, and Japan valuing presentation almost as much as flavor when it comes to food, chocolate-lovers are always on the lookout for sweets that are as eye-catching as they are delicious. Sometimes, confectioners’ quest for a new look takes them to bold and intriguing new places. Others though, such as this chocolate heart that looks more like the kind you’d see in a cardiology journal than on a Valentine’s card, aren’t quite so appealing.

So if you’d like your chocolates to look not just unique, but also appetizing (or at least like something people regularly eat), maybe these chocolate pigs from Tokyo candy maker tutto bene are just what you’re looking for.

The brand takes its all-lowercase moniker from an Italian phrase meaning “Everything is great.” Italy also serves as the reason for tutto bene’s porcine designs, as the company was inspired by the European country’s pig-shaped good luck charms.

Just about every treat tutto bene offers is bursting with visual impact, but none more so than this one.

▼ “I can’t eat another bite…”

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That right there is the Gran Siesta, and the chocolate piggy who tips the scales at a full kilogram (2.2 pounds) in weight truly does seem to be enjoying his great nap. Or at least he will be until you start nibbling through the creamy couverture milk chocolate made with 35 percent cocoa butter. Given the intense flavor of the premium chocolate and the Gran Siesta’s 8,000-yen (US $68) price tag, not to mention its size, it’s probably best to enjoy this indulgence over multiple sessions.

If you prefer your chocolate pigs smaller in size or a little less photo-realistic, there’s also tutto bene’s Juliette II, an alternate version of its popular Juliette chocolate that’s slightly less expensive than the original and comes in a different box.

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With an outfit as feminine as her name, Juliette the 600-yen ballerina looks ready to execute a perfect pirouette of her chocolate frame, which is made from the same ingredients as those used in the Gran Siesta.

▼ Although she’s referred to as “the dancing piglet,” tutto bene’s website makes it clear that the chocolate does not, in fact, dance.

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Finally, if the idea of eating “pigs” makes you squeamish, but you’re still fine with the visual image of eating “pork,” there’s the Figaro box of chocolates.

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Looking like a butcher’s diagram, the 1,800-yen Figaro set is entirely meat-free. Instead, each of the different “cuts” is actually a different type of chocolate, with milk, bitter, white, and raspberry-infused versions for you to pick from for each bite.

The entire tutto bene product lineup is available for purchase directly from the company on its website. However, given the time-consuming nature of their hand-made production and accompanying order backlog, it might be quicker to head to one of the department stores in Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Hiroshima, or Sapporo that will be selling them in limited quantities until Valentine’s Day. Make sure you arrive early, though, since these distinctively cute sweets are likely to sell out well before closing time.

Available until February 14 at:
Takashimaya Shinjuku
Odakyu Shinjuku
Daimaru Tokyo
Matsuya Ginza
Takashimaya Nihonbashi
Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi
Tokyu Toyoko-ten
Takashimaya Yokohama
Tobu Hiyoshi
Takashimaya Nagoya
Hankyu Umeda
Mitsukoshi Sapporo

Available until February 15 at:
Seibu Ikebukuro
Gran Duo Tachikawa
Sogo Yokohama
Mitsukoshi Hiroshima

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