Benedict Cumberbatch Chocolate Bunnies Are a New Easter Tradition

Easter is just over one week away, and it happens to be the second largest candy holiday of the year. It's the holiday of creme-filled eggs, Peeps, baskets lined with fake fluorescent grass, and of course, chocolate bunnies. But one odd tradition has taken the world by storm over the past few years: Chocolate bunnies bearing the face of Benedict Cumberbatch.

In 2015, Jen Lindsey-Clark (the chocolate artisan behind this trend) and Tim Simpson created a life-sized statue of the Oscar-nominated actor out of 500 bars of melted Belgian chocolate. After seeing the response to the statue from Cumberbatch's large (and rabid) fan base, the artist decided to go back to the Sherlock-loving chocolate well in 2016, and the bunnies have only taken off from there.

"Everyone loves a bit of the Batch," Lindsey-Clark told Metro in 2016. "He’s an interesting character. He’s a great actor and English gent and he’s also making the most of his celebrity status by being able to put his political views across and making the most of his moment in a very cool way."

The 400-gram "Cumberbunnies" are available in milk, dark, and white chocolate and are handmade, meaning that no two Cumberbunnies are the same. While this year's batch sold quickly, you'll have to be patient—and settle for a post-Easter delivery—if you want one for 2019, according to the website.

This story was updated for 2019.

We’re Lovin’ the McSki, Sweden’s Ski-Thru McDonald’s

Per-Olof Forsberg, Flickr // CC BY 2.0
Per-Olof Forsberg, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

Gliding down the slopes for a few hours can leave you happily exhausted and so ravenous that you wish you could stuff a big, juicy burger in your mouth before you even get back to the lodge. At one Swedish ski resort, you can.

Lindvallen, a ski resort located approximately 200 miles northwest of Stockholm, is home to the McSki, a quaint, wood-paneled McDonald’s that you simply ski right up to. If all the surrounding snow leaves you with a hankering for a McFlurry, have at it; Delish reports that you can order anything from the regular McDonald’s menu. (Having said that, we can’t promise the McFlurry machine will actually be working.)

The ski-thru window is ideal for skiers and snowboarders who don’t want to break for a lengthy lunch, but there’s an option for people who would rather not scarf down a combo meal while standing up: According to the blog Messy Nessy, the indoor seating area can accommodate up to 140 people.

The McSki has been delighting (and nourishing) vacationers since it opened in 1996, and it’s definitely a must-visit for ski lovers and fast food aficionados alike. It’s not, however, the strangest McDonald’s restaurant in the world. New Zealand built one inside an airplane, and there’s also a giant Happy Meal-shaped McDonald’s in Dallas. Explore 10 other downright bizarre McDonald’s locations here.

[h/t Delish]

Ben & Jerry's Has a New 'Netflix and Chilll'd' Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry's
Ben & Jerry's

If you like to graze on ice cream during Netflix binges, Ben & Jerry’s might have an ideal solution. The company has debuted a new flavor in conjunction with the streamer dubbed—what else—Netflix and Chilll’d.

What makes an ice cream flavor best suited for watching television is unclear. The ice cream giant is promoting a thematic similarity, with the pints featuring peanut butter, pretzel swirls, and fudge brownie chunks—the same something-for-everyone approach that’s made Netflix an entertainment powerhouse.

Netflix and Chilll’d will also be available in a vegan version made with almond milk. The pints are expected to debut shortly.

Last summer, Netflix partnered with Baskin-Robbins for a line of ice cream offerings based on Stranger Things, including an Upside-Down Sundae. Ben & Jerry’s, meanwhile, has been promoting pop culture tie-in flavors as far back as 1987, when they debuted Cherry Garcia ice cream after Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia. One such promotion courted controversy in 2011, when a flavor named Schweddy Balls after a salacious Saturday Night Live sketch starring Alec Baldwin prompted complaints. The brand still markets Americone Dream endorsed by late-night host Stephen Colbert.

[h/t Newsweek]

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