Thomas Haas ( L ) and chocolatier Steve Hodge put the finishing touches on their handmade chocolate Stanley Cup, in North Vancouver on Tuesday, June 14, 2011.

Rest assured, Canucks fans, there is indeed a Stanley Cup that bears the names of the home team.

Craftsman are dusting the silver coating and plans are being made to share it with the team’s adoring fans.

Okay, before you start fist-pumping and honking your car horn madly, this Holy Grail of hockey is made of chocolate — 62-pounds of dark chocolate covered in edible silver dust.

It’s not exactly a substitute for the real deal but Thomas Haas, the master chocolatier behind the 35-inch tall cocoa creation (just a few inches taller than the real trophy) thinks the city will be granted the real one Wednesday night anyway.

Haas, the man behind two Lower Mainland Thomas Haas Patisserie-Chocolate Cafes, and his assistant Steve Hodge have spent a combined 25-hours handmaking the replica. It contains $1,200 of chocolate and the silver dust is worth $400. The names of the team are printed on rice paper with cocoa butter.

Haas, a giant Canucks fan, said he decided to make the Stanley Cup because he’s become restless watching the hockey final and making cool things out of chocolate is what he does.

“If we do win we will do an all nighter and we will redo it to the perfect, exact same size as the original,” he said.

The cup’s chocolate rings were cut and bent by hand.

“You only have about 10-seconds between when you can bend it and when it starts crystallizing,” he said.

He used bowls from his kitchen to mould the layers and the top bowl is made using a balloon.

“We take a balloon, blow it up to the right size, dip it three times in dark chocolate, pop the balloon and we have the cup they drink out of,” he said.

Haas is calling for a score of 3-1 tonight for the Canucks with their third goal being an empty netter in the final seconds of the battle.

“We’re going to win. It’s going to be a nail biter but there’s no question we are going to win here,” he said.

With a victory, Haas is thinking of selling off chunks of his art with the proceeds helping Canuck Place hospice and if they don’t win, perhaps he’ll store it for a year and change the date on it to 2012.

By then the chocolate won’t taste as fresh and as delicious as it does now, but the trophy, even though it’s one you can chew up and swallow, will be just as precious.

“We should not lose the appreciation for how close the Canucks have come and it’s probably the hardest sports trophy to get,” said Haas. “They had an unbelievable year and I think we should not forget that.”


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