Calgary’s only life-sized Chocolate Bull ready to greet passengers at YYC

July 05, 2012   |  


Calgary, AB. - Beginning July 5, 2012 visitors to Calgary International Airport (YYC) will have a chance to look (but not taste) a unique form of Alberta livestock, a nearly 500 kg (880 lbs) bull made entirely out of chocolate!

Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut Maître Chocolatier Derrick Pho and Master Chocolatier Patrick Senior have sculpted the bull specifically for the 100-year anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. The locally-owned and operated chocolatier has donated the near life-size chocolate bull to Calgary International Airport.

“As a local Calgary company we wanted to offer unique tribute to the centennial year celebrations of the Calgary Stampede. The airport is absolutely the perfect place to showcase the bull and we are delighted to be partnering with them,” said Alana Antonelli, Marketing Manager for Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut.

“Unveiling this amazing piece of chocolate to the millions of passengers and staff is a great way to kick off all the Stampede events at YYC,” added Jody Moseley, Director Corporate Communications and Marketing for The Calgary Airport Authority. “Throughout the 10 days of Stampede, there will be contests, entertainment, and a sidewalk sale —definitely lots of Stampede things to see and do at YYC. It’s an exciting time of year and we are really happy to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Stampede with Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut.”

The bull will be displayed from July 5 – July 15 on the departure level in Kananaskis Hall (near the Concourse D departures area)

  • Information about the bull:
    • The sculpture is one-of-a-kind, made with 100 per cent chocolate
    • Sculpted locally in Calgary at the Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut factory location on 1st Street SE by Maître Chocolatier Derrick Pho and Master Chocolatier Patrick Senior
    • Weighs nearly 500 kg (880 lbs)
    • Took 140 hours to construct and sculpt

    About Cococo Chocolatiers Inc.

    Based in Calgary Alberta, Cococo Chocolatiers Inc. operates eight corporate stores in Calgary and one in Banff. They also support 23 other stores run by independent dealers in Calgary and throughout Canada and the USA. The company employs over 100 Calgarians including the staff working at the local factory at 1st Street SE where each all-natural, preservative-free chocolate and chocolate product is hand-crafted. It offers the finest chocolate products under the Cococo and Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut brands. 

    About the Calgary Airport Authority


    The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit, non-share capital corporation incorporated under the Alberta Regional Airports Authorities Act. Since 1992, it has been responsible for the management, maintenance and development of Calgary International Airport and Springbank Airport under long-term lease from the Government of Canada.

    For more information, contact:
    Alana Antonelli

    Cococo Chocolatiers Inc.
    403.265.5777 ext. 676