Lenny-World’s largest Moose!

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chocmooseDepending on your trajectory, the world’s only life-size chocolate moose is either the first or last worthy roadside attraction you will find in Maine. “Lenny”, as he has been named, is a mute-but-cheery ambassador for the Pine Tree state and a confection of Maine’s most marketable civic animal-if you don’t count the lobster—with the insatiable sweet tooth evident in most of its inhabitants.
Lenny draws the tourists to Len Libby Candies, a store that sells handcrafted chocolate and ice cream just south of Portland. Kenny’s sculptor, reportedly a former Fulbright fellow, traveled to Freeport to study the stuffed moose on display in the lobby of L.L. Bean. He then spent a month slathering, slapping and dripping 1,700 pounds of “superlative grade” milk chocolate over a wire lathe to create Lenny—eight feet tall and over nine feet from nose to tail—a process lovingly documented in a video that loops endlessly on a TV monitor next to his creation. Lenny stands in the Len Libby ice cream parlor, behind a fence to prevent licking, in front of a mural of a log cabin and—no surprise—pine trees. His feet disappear in a pond of white chocolate dyed blue.
Lenny was unveiled on July 1, 1997, and seems to have held up remarkably well, especially given the tragic track record of some other giant roadside food attractions. One of the store’s clerks says that the temperature around Lenny can never rise above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, which is not really a problem in an ice cream parlor in Maine.
Aside from Lenny’s principal claim to fame, he is reportedly “the world’s largest chocolate animal sculpture”—which makes me wonder what other animals are out there, waiting to be discovered, rendered out of the sticky stuff.
Visit Lenny at 419 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, Maine which is exit 42 from I-95-straight on Haigis Pkwy, then right onto Route 1 South at the lights. Admission is free!!!

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