02/04/2015 9:15 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

What's Yummier: Benedict Cumberbatch Or His Chocolate Statue?

Clodagh Pickavance, 23, interacts with a life-size chocolate sculpture of actor Benedict Cumberbatch. The sculpture has been created to celebrate the launch of television channel Drama on the new on-demand service following a national poll which named Benedict as Britain’s dishiest television drama actor, just in time for Easter. Picture date: Wednesday 1st April. A crew of eight people worked on the sculpture, which took over 250 man hours to create and weighs 40kg. The statue will be at Westfield Stratford on Friday 3rd April.

A lip-smacking model of 'The Imitation Game' star Benedict Cumberbatch has been created out of chocolate.

The 6ft statue is made from 40kg of thick, hollow Belgian milk chocolate, and it took eight people a total of 250 hours to create it, reported Daily Telegraph.

The team began by learning the 38-year-old actor's measurements and looking at images of Cumberbatch's red carpet poses.

A final look was decided on to reflect the star's many red carpet appearances, and then the painstaking carving process began.

"You can't rush perfection. Benedict has such a distinctive look that it was a challenge but a pleasure to recreate him in chocolate. A secret combination of methods ensured we got a great likeness - we're sure his legions of fans will approve!," said lead sculptor Tim Simpson.

The edible honour was created after the 'Sherlock' star was named the UK's dishiest drama actor in a nationwide poll to celebrate the Drama channel joining on-demand service UKTV Play.

Cumberbatch beat the likes of David Tennant, Sean Bean and Idris Elba in the poll, which also included Damian Lewis and Poldark star Aidan Turner.

The Benedict Cumberbatch chocolate statue will be displayed at Westfield Stratford City on April 3. NDS KND