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A new look for Bo Obama: Tiny, chocolate-covered and made from marzipan

December 8, 2009 |  5:49 pm

Bo the first dog If you thought presidential dog walker was an oddly specific job title, how about presidential dog replica pastry chef?

OK, so executive pastry chef Bill Yosses' job consists of a little more than just crafting miniature Portuguese water dogs out of marzipan, complete with dollops of chocolate to mimic their signature curly, shed-free coats.  If you want to get technical, Yosses' duties also include replicating First Lady Michelle Obama's famous vegetable garden out of marzipan and covering a 56-inch-by-29-inch gingerbread White House with white chocolate. (How else would you make a gingerbread White House white?)

The world's most famous gingerbread house (well, probably) was shown off for the first time last week.  It'll be the showpiece for some 28 holiday-themed parties and open houses to be held by the First Family this month.  Reportedly, the 390-pound gingerbread-and-white-chocolate affair took Yosses and his staff six weeks to prepare. 

No word on whether marzipan Bo will be consumed after the holiday season comes to a close, but we do know that the original Bo certainly won't be eating his chocolate replica (he'd get sick). See a photo of the whole gingerbread house after the jump!


-- Lindsay Barnett

Photos: (top) Bo, as crafted from marzipan and chocolate. Credit: Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images

(bottom) The White House gingerbread house sits in the State Dining Room on Dec. 2. Credit: Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune

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