Japanese company releases moulds to cast your own BBS wheels out of chocolate

Japanese design firm attempts to explain the casting process through the use of chocolate, with delicious results.

A Japanese company has unveiled a new way to eat chocolate you didn’t know you needed. The intersect between chocoholics and car enthusiasts sees design firm 4Design by DW release a mould that allows you to make BBS wheel-shaped chocolates.

Interestingly, they look to be BBS F1 racing wheels with gargantuan dish and intricate spoke details reflective of the real thing.

4Design by DW is known for its blend of traditional Japanese crafts with an automotive theme and this latest creation is intended to explain the casting process in a fun, edible way.

The collaboration was even signed off by BBS itself and utilises mould manufacturing company Fujita Corporation to create the bespoke moulds “designed for everyone to enjoy and experience manufacturing.”

Arguably as impressive as the end product, the moulds themselves are intricately detailed machined aluminium pieces treated by shot blasting and alumite anodising. When clicked together the six pieces combine to create a 75mm by 100mm mould which has a wheel-shaped void in the middle where you pour liquid chocolate. Once the chocolate hardens the pieces are pulled apart to reveal a deliciously detailed chocolate treat.

In addition to the wheel moulds the company also makes a BBS logo-shaped “sofa cushion”. The company is exploring the possibility of hands-on “experience sessions” with the BBS Wheel Owners Club of Japan and hopes to expand their chocolate moulds further in the future.

Tom started out in the automotive industry by exploiting his photographic skills but quickly learned that journalists got the better end of the deal. He began with CarAdvice in 2014, left in 2017 to join Bauer Media titles including Wheels and WhichCar and subsequently returned to CarAdvice in early 2021 during its transition to Drive.

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