An Australian artist who paints using chocolate has admitted he licks his own brushes.

Sid Chidiac, 36, imposes a ‘No touching, No tasting’ ban on gallery visitors but admits he can’t resist temptation to taste his work.

He paints with fine Belgian chocolate and food dye on edible canvas.

Mr Chidiac said: “People stop and stare at my work, as if they have seen something truly different, something new.

“They can’t believe it is really chocolate and want to reach out and taste, just like when you look at chocolate sitting on a table.”

Chidiac’s works, shown at chocolate fairs and galleries around the world, are cordoned off with ‘No touching, No tasting’ signs.

Exhibitions have been scheduled for Los Angeles, New York and in Paris.

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