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Enlightenment gets even sweeter.

Last month, we looked at the hemp-infused chocolates being sold by one Kyoto candymaker which are shaped like the head of a Buddha statue. Of course, nutritionists say it’s important to eat a variety of foods, and that includes Buddha head-shaped sweets, so thankfully there’s now a second option in that rather specific food category.

Hiroshima confectioner Patisserie Matilda calls its newest creation Daibutsu-sama Chocolate. “Daibutsu” is what large-scale Buddhist statuary in Japan is called, and that’s exactly what Matilda drew inspiration of in crafting the eye-catching sweets.

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The 3.5-centimeter (1.4-inch) candies are made with chocolate imbued with the taste of umeshu, Japanese plum wine, to impart a bit of mature appeal. It’s an especially timely choice of flavoring, as this is also the time of year when the plum blossoms bloom.

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Each piece, priced at 1,080 yen (US$9), comes packaged in its own sophisticated-looking box.

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With so much craftsmanship going into the Daibutsu-sama Chocolate, it’s only natural that some recipients are going to be reluctant to eat it right away. Thankfully, the head is packaged atop a bed of small, round French chocolates, so you can admire the main attraction’s artistry while still indulging your sweet tooth.

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Daibutsu-sama Chocolate can be ordered online through Rakuten here.

Shop information
Patisserie MATILDA / マチルダ
Address: Hiroshima-ken, Hiroshima-shi, Asaminami-ku, Tomominami 4-7-1
Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Closed Tuesday (Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday)

Source: Japaaan
Images: Rakuten