VIDEO: Seven-foot tall Easter egg created by Lincolnshire chocolatier to raise cash for St Barnabas Hospice

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Crowds of visitors to Hansen’s Chocolate House in Folkingham have been impressed by a 7ft tall egg, which proprietor Jan has taken over 20 hours to make.

Crowds of visitors to Hansen’s Chocolate House in Folkingham have been impressed by a 7ft tall egg, which proprietor Jan has taken over 20 hours to make.

Chocolatier Jan Hansen putting finishing touches to his giant egg at his shop in Folkingham. Photo: Mark Suffield. EMN-150324-104749001

Chocolatier Jan Hansen putting finishing touches to his giant egg at his shop in Folkingham. Photo: Mark Suffield. EMN-150324-104749001

The chocolatier spent the weekend layering chocolate onto a metal frame, hoping to attract visitors to make donations and enter a raffle for other chocolate treats in aid of St Barnabas Hospice.

“It was exhausting, but it is fantastic to see the look on people’s faces. One little lad, a four-year-old, looked a bit scared by it!” said Jan. Proving particularly popular are ‘selfies’ with the egg, with the confectioner of 29 years adding: “What’s so lovely about this is that everyone in the community is getting involved, from every age group.”

The ‘eggs-treme’ Easter treat is on display at Hansen’s workshop in the Market Place from Wednesday to Sunday this week and next week.

He said: “I have just completed the finishing touches to the egg and it’s looking pretty good, even if I say so myself.

“I used approximately 160kgs/350 lbs of chocolate, so more than expected.”

After several requests, Jan is also considering auctioning off pieces of the giant egg itself, and is confident that they will ‘eggs-ceed’ their ‘eggs-pected’ £1,000 target.

Jan explained: “My older Brother Cullum sadly was diagnosed with brain cancer, and passed away two years ago at the age of 59. Towards the end of his illness, he had need of the services provided by a hospice in Bedfordshire.

“I will never forget how kind and caring the staff were, and how much these services were appreciated.

“I also heard of the mindless vandalism caused to the St Barnabas shop premises in Sleaford, and of the costs to put things right.”