Walsingham’s tasty chocolate dress could be just right for Kate’s royal wedding

Kate Middleton is unlikely to find a tastier wedding dress than this little number, created by a Walsingham chocolate maker.

With its simple train, delicate beading and sweetheart neckline, this ivory frock could easily be fit for a future queen.

And as she makes the final preparations for her much-anticipated marriage to Prince William next month, Kate Middleton will be unlikely to find a tastier wedding dress.

Because creator Dale Skipper has made this bridal gown out of something far better than silk or satin – it is 100pc chocolate.

The owner of the Chocolate Deli, at Little Walsingham, said it could be just what the future princess was looking for.

'Oh, definitely,' she said. 'Everyone has said she's going to have something different, so maybe she will come knocking on the door.'

The scrumptious dress, tiara, necklace and glistening bracelet have all been moulded out of white chocolate with sugar beads and edible glitter used for extra decoration.

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Mrs Skipper, who began her business about eight years ago, used to work at the Kinnerton chocolate factory, in Fakenham, and, while there, took a course in ceramics at the College of West Anglia.

She said both sets of skills came in handy for this unusual project. 'Most of the dress used modelling chocolate, which we make up to our own special recipe, and it's like working with clay. Everything is just sculpted on.'

Once she had picked a design – having flicked through a few wedding magazines – the main dress took about eight hours to complete one Saturday and Mrs Skipper, who makes all of the chocolate sold in her shop by hand, then added the detail.

There has been plenty of press speculation about the dress Miss Middleton will wear which, it is rumoured, will be designed by Sarah Burton.

But one aspect most people seem to agree on is that Prince William's bride will avoid anything too bouffant and extravagant, opting instead for a simple and understated look.

Mrs Skipper admitted she had to rein herself in a few times and fight the urge to add some ruffles and a 12ft train.

'Kate's probably going to have something quite simple so I thought I had better stop before I went a bit Vivienne Westwood,' she said.

'If not there would have been lots of flowers, roses, ruffles and a lot of twinkly bits.'

The dress is now on display at the Chocolate Deli, where it is surrounded by bunting and union flags, but Mrs Skipper, who lives in the village with husband James, 37, and sons Jacob, eight, and Oscar, four, is not concerned about it melting.

She is confident the dress will still look at its best come the big day – as long as none of her customers decide to have a taste.

'It could be another 10 degrees hotter and it would still be absolutely fine,' she said. 'People tend to think chocolate would melt straight away but it only melts once it reaches body temperature.'

The gown, modelled by a mannequin with flowing brunette locks, has already attracted plenty of attention from customers – who often have to be convinced it is really made from chocolate.

As a toddler stood staring in awe at the scrumptious frock, Gaby Williams, who works in the Chocolate Deli, said: 'People keep asking to have their photo taken with it. I've taken quite a few of them and it's all men – lots of gentleman starting adoringly at her.'

Mrs Skipper made the dress to help celebrate the royal wedding on April 29 and plans to continue the theme over Easter with a children's colouring competition to encourage youngsters to design their own chocolate frock.

But once the ceremony is over, she has no idea what she will do with it. The 34-year-old said: 'You can't eat it because it will have been out here and uncovered for so long. And if anyone was to take it away it would probably break. If anyone has any ideas, let me know.'

victoria.leggett@archant.co.uk