'Know what I call that? A box of Buckhorns'
Sometimes the image is the story, and here the image is Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s face, rendered in chocolate.
“You know what I call that? A box of Buckhorns,” said Archie Bourne, an Iraq war vet who owns Schakolad Chocolate Factory on S Howard Avenue. Bourne made a dozen chocolates of the mayor from a mold created by Georges Kaufman of chocolate-faces.com. Kaufman used a photo of the mayor to create a 3-D model, then used a 3-D printer to print out a 2-inch bust that was, in turn, used to create a food-grade silicon mold. Kaufman delivered the chocolates to City Hall Tuesday.
Buckhorn’s reaction? Sweet.
“I have made it to the big time,” he wrote on his Facebook page, which got nearly 1,300 views in two hours. “Parents will love this as a way to convince their kids that too much candy is a bad thing.”
Buckhorn declined to let anyone touch the chocolates, saving them for his family.
"No one's had a chance to bite my head off," he said. "My daughters get to do that."
Times columnist Sue Carlton contributed.