Compose Delicious Messages With Typolade

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Fonts in Use | Yves Peters | December 8, 2008

This weekend countless children – and also quite a few adults – in The Netherlands received the initial of their first name in the form of a chocolate letter as a gift. This age-old tradition happens on the eve of Saint Nicholas, and today those chocolate letters have already disappeared from the stores. Yet typography lovers can appease their chocolate fix all year long with Typolade.

Read more about chocolate letters on Unzipped.

Typolade is more than just chocolate letters. It’s delicious moveable type in chocolate, created by Sandra Kübler and Christine Voshage for their Stüttgart-based company Typolade. That’s right, you can actually compose one-liners, two-liners and longer messages with letters made of quality chocolate. Those letters are handmade by selected chocolatiers using chocolate of minimum 60% cacao – the dark aromatic bitter kind, not some wimpy milk chocolate. Frequent production of small batches and a perfect conservation guarantee a superior final product.

The letters in FF Fago Monospaced Bold 48pt rest on blocks of chocolate which are 12 mm wide, 21 mm high and 23 mm deep. The full alphabet is available as caps only, plus Ä Ö Ü (the common German accented letters), numbers, and some punctuation (& ! ? -). The great thing is that you have the option between the easy to read “left-to-right” version, and the authentic Gütenberg-style version. Aegir Hallmundur made a wonderful suggestion on his Ministry of Type blog – by pressing the type on warmed rice paper one could print edible messages. Neat.

All images: L. Lambert & J. Lyncker

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  1. these are great little gifts. i love it. can’t wait to get some for my professors and p22 people.

    Posted by Terri on Dec. 8, 2008
  2. UM…. isn’t this all just a little much? I use type to design web content and I’d like to think I appreciate the difference solid type choices can make…. but this level of idolatry towards type seems awfully close to fetishization…. and therefore close to a type of sickness. Perhaps I should unsubscribe from this e-mail delivery?

    Posted by christopher webber on Dec. 8, 2008
  3. This is brilliant! My brain is percolating with possibilities. I can’t wait to use these in gift and promotional ideas.

    Posted by Matt on Dec. 8, 2008
  4. Too bad they don’t offer wimpy milk chocolate type as well.

    Posted by Cari on Dec. 8, 2008
  5. @Christopher – it is a sickness… but i would not want to be any other way… i really love type!

    Posted by Simon Robertson on Dec. 8, 2008
  6. UM…. isn’t this all just a little much? I use type to design web content (…)

    I mentioned it in another thread as well — The FontFeed focuses on type in all its forms and manifestations, so anything’s fair game, even edible type. ;)

    But please don’t let these little diversions put you off. There’s plenty more content that is very useful and practice-oriented. Stick around, I think you won’t regret it. :)

    Posted by Yves Peters on Dec. 10, 2008

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