A recent back injury has stuck me at home long enough that “stir crazy” has become “stir creative.”  The first manifestation of this came when I noticed that Reese’s Cups were now available in both white and dark chocolate.  I’m a contrast fan (add that to your Facebook profile–“Interests: music, skateboarding, contrast, hanging out with friends…”) so I decided to pick some up and photograph them.

White chocolate and dark chocolate Reese's Cups sitting next to each other in a photograph taken by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in February 2012.

"Am I the only one blown away by the juxtaposition of white chocolate Reese's Cups sitting next to dark chocolate ones?" - @BastionAtArms

Enough people seemed to enjoy the image that I felt a little more confident when I revealed that I had also purchased some white and dark chocolate KitKat bars!

White and dark chocolate KitKat Bars sitting next to each other; arranged and photographed by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in February 2012.

"And this time, we have a white chocolate KitKat next to a dark chocolate KitKat! I am, yet again, awe-struck." - Sebastion (Bastion) Crider

This time the response was huge.  I don’t know how or why photographing white and dark chocolate versions of the same candy bar isn’t already a nationwide fetish, but this seemed to kick off a LOT of excitement and suggestions.  One that came up a few times was “build a keyboard.”  Since I’d been kicking around a similar idea during the week, I decided it was time to build the KitKat Keyboard.

Stacks of white, dark, and milk chocolate KitKat Bars arranged and photographed by Bastion Crider in February, 2012.White, dark, and milk chocolate KitKat Bars arranged and photographed by Bastion Crider in February 2012.White chocolate KitKat Bars lined up like the white keys of a piano keyboard and photographed by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in February 2012.Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) placing dark chocolate KitKat Bars (black keys) over white chocolate KitKat Bars (white keys) on the chocolate piano he built in February 2012.Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) eating a dark chocolate KitKat Bar while building a piano keyboard out of dark and white chocolate KitKat Bars.A piano keyboard made out of dark chocolate and white chocolate KitKat Bars arranged and photographed by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in February 2012.Dark and white chocolate KitKat Bars arranged by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) into a piano keyboard and then photographed by Bastion in February 2012.White and dark chocolate KitKat Bars arranged by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) into a piano keyboard and photographed by Bastion Crider in February 2012.Bastion Crider posing with the piano keyboard which he constructed out of white and dark chocolate KitKat Bars in February 2012.

Of course, I’ve never looked at something awesome and thought, “well, that’s enough of that.”  I kept thinking about the keyboard and how plain it felt.  I ran to the store.  A few dozen Hershey’s candy bars later, I had finished an electric piano which I styled after old Wurlitzer Electronic Pianos.

A model of an old-style electric piano made out of white and dark chocolate KitKat Bars, milk chocolate Hershey Bars, Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream Bars, Reese's Cup Minis, and white chocolate Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, arranged and photographed by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in February 2012.A model of an old-style electric piano made out of white and dark chocolate KitKat Bars, milk chocolate Hershey Bars, Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream Bars, Reese's Cup Minis, and white chocolate Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, arranged and photographed by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in February 2012.A model of an old-style electric piano made out of white and dark chocolate KitKat Bars, milk chocolate Hershey Bars, Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream Bars, Reese's Cup Minis, and white chocolate Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, arranged and photographed by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in February 2012.A model of an old-style electric piano made out of white and dark chocolate KitKat Bars, milk chocolate Hershey Bars, Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream Bars, Reese's Cup Minis, and white chocolate Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, arranged and photographed by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in February 2012.A model of an old-style electric piano made out of white and dark chocolate KitKat Bars, milk chocolate Hershey Bars, Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream Bars, Reese's Cup Minis, and white chocolate Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, arranged and photographed by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in February 2012.A model of an old-style electric piano made out of white and dark chocolate KitKat Bars, milk chocolate Hershey Bars, Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream Bars, Reese's Cup Minis, and white chocolate Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, arranged and photographed by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in February 2012.Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) pretending to play a song on the model electric piano which he built out of white and dark chocolate KitKat Bars, white chocolate Reese's Cups, Reese's Cup Minis, milk chocolate Hershey Bars, and Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream Bars in February 2012.Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) pretending to play a song on the model electric piano which he built out of white and dark chocolate KitKat Bars, white chocolate Reese's Cups, Reese's Cup Minis, milk chocolate Hershey Bars, and Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream Bars in February 2012.

There you have it!  If you’ve enjoyed yourself, then be sure to subscribe to my blog (either here on WordPress or at my original blog at graceatarms.com/bastion), become a fan of my Facebook page, or Follow me on Twitter.  If you are interested in hearing me play actual music, be sure to check out my band, Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) on iTunes and Facebook.  If you’re looking for both music and my silliness, hit our YouTube page here!  Thanks for reading and have a great day!

If you’re a representative of Hershey’s, Reese’s, or Kit Kat, and would like to contact me regarding the use of my piano, please email me at bastion@graceatarms.com .

Comments
  1. This is amazing!!!!! Love it 🙂

  2. Dude that is probably the coolest thing I have ever seen. What gave you the idea to make something like that? Oh, and can I have a bite?

  3. Mandy Laird says:

    I hadn’t seen the full finished product yet – this is AMAZING!!! Great job.

  4. […] family visiting me over the week before surgery and, among other things, I was able to construct my chocolate piano! Okay, so you haven't seen this picture, but you HAVE seen the rest of them (if you […]

  5. Donna says:

    Do I dare ask how much chocolate was used to make this fantastic keyboard and how much got eaten while making?

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