Whether it’s homemade, from an cream shop, or eaten straight out of the carton, ice cream is generally pretty amazing. But there’s always a way to transform a classic into something totally unexpected. A restaurant in Taiwan is doing just that with a dessert that looks exactly like a Shar-Pei dog, Eater reports.
J.C.co Art Kitchen, located in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, is going viral for its hyper-realistic doggy ice cream creations. According to a video shared by Newsweek, the edible Shar-Peis come in peanut, chocolate, and milk tea flavors. It takes five hours to create one treat: First, the ice cream is set in a silicone mold, then chefs apply the intricate details (from fur texture down to whisker spots) by hand. Because the process requires so much time and labor, the restaurant makes only about 100 of these treats per day.
While the realism here is awesome, it also makes the thought of cracking open the puppy’s ice cream skull a little creepy.
The BBC visited J.C.co Art Kitchen to interview a few customers about the culinary experience. “I feel sorry for him, because he has been made to look very lifelike. It is as if a real dog is lying here,” one customer said. “And I feel like cutting into him will hurt him. I feel a bit sorry.”
Another customer agreed. “When its eyes are looking at you, it really feels like a real dog is looking at you,” he told the BBC.
The Shar-Pei breed originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, according to the American Kennel Club. We’d love to see even more breeds of adorable canine ice cream make their way to the restaurant!