A restaurant in Prague’s historic centre has invented a dessert shaped like the novel coronavirus, an attempt to arrest a slump in business that is already proving a hit with customers.
The Black Madonna would normally be bustling with tourists admiring its cubist interior, but it has suffered as travel to the Czech Republic slumped amid the pandemic and the country battles one of the highest rates of coronavirus infections in Europe.
The dessert’s creator, Olga Budnik, said she got the idea during lockdown in the spring.
“I found a photo of the virus on the internet and I figured out in detail how to make the dessert – how to make the spikes, what the colour would be like, and I prepared it all,” she told Reuters.
The dessert is slightly smaller than a tennis ball, with a chocolate crust and dusted with cocoa butter spray. The virus’ “spikes” are made of…