Saturday, April 19, 2014

A FIELD GUIDE TO CHOCOLATE RABBITS

The rakish machine over which this rabbit hunches is mechanically somewhere between a Neander and a post-1930 BMW; with a clearly a riveted pressed-steel chassis.  The low-slung cylinder head and exhaust suggests a BMW R11
Among the various sweet charms of the Easter holiday is the tradition of giving/eating molded chocolate bunnies, along with various eggs and candies in this thinly veiled Springtime festival of copulation and the renewal of leaves and greenery in the northern hemisphere.  Of course, we like our bunnies best who ride motorcycles, and the finest chocolate houses seem to understand this, providing a variety of surprisingly vintage-looking choco-moto confections.
Even more exotic - this rabbit couple is riding a c.1921 Mars, the luxurious German 1000cc fore-and-aft flat twin
It would seem the world's stock of metal chocolate molds was created in the 1920s and 30s, as almost all the motorcycles can be identified from that period.  Certainly, few chocolatiers knew a Mars from a BMW or DKW by the 1960s, but they've carried on making the same moto-bunnies for decades hence, using vintage molds, or new ones based on the old patterns.  A less-than-comprehensive Google search for 'chocolate motorcycle bunnies' yielded these familiar creatures, all of which are charming, and hopefully as nice to eat as they are to look at.
This speedy devil rides a late 1930s DKW two-stroke, with its easily identifiable timing cover (for an electric starter) and pressed-steel frame and forks.  Note the clear chain drive and slant of the cylinder.

I couldn't find the engine-side shot of this Bunny family sidecar outfit, but have eaten them in years past - the machine is an c.1920 American V-twin with acetylene lighting, and 5 babies peering out from the chair...
The Easter Bunny on a scooter is another popular theme, which of course dates back to the 1950s, as does this Teutonic looking machine.  Perhaps a Fuji Rabbit scooter?
This is the raw pressing for a two-part choco-bunny mold, and the machine looks like another Germanic mid-1920s two-stroke, a typical family lightweight common in the period, with girder forks and a rigid rear end.  How popular would a nice 1960s Triumph Bonneville prove, with a rabbit retinue?  Are there any cafe racing chocolatiers out there?

9 comments:

andyrotax said...

Sweet!!

Nortley said...

No Rabbit scooters?

Anonymous said...

Thought I was the only one who had bunny motorcycle molds!

Mike O'Connor

Anonymous said...

The BMW R11 looks a lot like the tin toy one I had for years (it has ridden off in the hands of an unknown visitor...)

Anton Dee

Anonymous said...

A Manx Norton or Egli Vincent riding bunny would be perfect...

Ben Bishop

Anonymous said...

Concise and tasty - Happy Easter PdO!

Ted Smart

William said...

The post was delicious.. sorry.
Can I just say, the Easter thing isn't about Bunnies, here in the "Old World" [UK] it is about the Spring and the loopy March Hare, which ushers in Spring.
Very old, before the Bronze age and the Christians in the 6th century persuaded the Brits that the Spring festivals/Hare thing could be Easter.
Clearly it travelled to the New World as rabbits whilst we got Coca Cola in exchange. Perhaps.? Thanks for this..
WF [look for you at Stafford.]

Evan Jackson said...

Interesting post man, kind of an unusual subject to have a history on but that just made it better to read!

Kristin

Cute Pets said...

Wow I love the designs! Better give this to children during Easter instead of giving them a pet bunny without knowing the proper handling of rabbits. Satisfying their sweet tooth with a chocolate rabbit during Easter is a win-win!