Christmas without Santa Claus? Whether "real" or made of chocolate, both are equally unimaginable. 

The real Santa lives forever, but the chocolate Claus has a short life expectancy. Because regardless of the tradition and effort that goes into a chocolate Santa Claus, he falls victim to a sweet tooth within seconds.

Journey Germany recently caught up with Heike Bootz, marketing director for chocolate manufacturer Lindt & Sprüngli, to learn more.

A Chocolate Father Christmas, unlike the real Santa Claus, is very fragile. How is he made, and how does he make it unbroken and delicious to lucky mouths?

Before it becomes a Santa Claus, the Lindt chocolate mixture is first prepared. Herewith, the hours pass. The liquid mixture is poured into one half of a Santa Claus shape, and a second half is placed over it and they stick together. Both halves rotate until the liquid chocolate has distributed inside and formed a uniform layer along the walls. If Santa Claus is cooled, it can be easily removed from the mold. However, it does not hurt to treat it carefully, for it is in fact a delicate creature made of fine Lindt chocolate!

The Lindt Chocolate Santa Claus looks real. Does he ever get a new look?

There is a very traditional figure of Lindt Santa Claus, the appearance is not changed. He always comes in a red coat, with white hair and a long white beard and the bag full of gifts. And of course, with the bells on the belt - depending on flavor in golden, white or brown.

How many Santas are sold over the holidays in Germany?

In Germany alone, we sell about 26 million. Globally, we produce about 37 million Santas annually. This includes the 10-ounce mini Santa Claus and a one-pound showpiece.