Yours to explode: Chocolate 'disco eggs' are decadent art — even when they're smashed like piñatas

We go behind the scenes with chef Brandon Olsen as he hand-paints one of his signature desserts.

We go behind the scenes with chef Brandon Olsen as he hand-paints one of his signature desserts

Chef and Chocolatier Brandon Olsen takes us behind the scenes of his chocolate shop to see how his signature dessert — the Ziggy Stardust disco egg — is hand painted. 4:59

Imagine a splatter-painted chocolate egg being smashed like a plated piñata, erupting fruit, candy and truffles. This "Ziggy Stardust disco egg" is a reality, and it's the brainchild of Toronto-based chef and chocolatier Brandon Olsen. Since 2016, he's been delighting diners with his imaginative hand-painted disco eggs.

One of Brandon Olsen's creations. (CBC Arts)

In this video, we go behind the scenes of Olsen's restaurant La Banane and his chocolate shop CXBO (both of which he helms with his partner artist/filmmaker Sarah Keenlyside) to get an inside look at the painstaking process of hand-painting chocolate eggs. Willy Wonka would approve!

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About the Author

Lucius Dechausay is a video producer at CBC Arts, as well as a freelance illustrator and filmmaker. His short films and animations have been screened at a number of festivals including The Toronto International Film Festival and Hot Docs. Most recently he directed KETTLE, which is currently streaming at CBC Short Docs.


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