|Reminds one that in ye olden days foods shaped like or to suggest phallus and testes were very popular, particularly during holidays|
Was it like that with a medieval and Renaissance era entremet, subtlety a/k/a soteltie or sotelty and so on -- more for entertainment value than for eating satisfaction? (They did have endless courses at those banquets and feasts.)
For that matter, the custom among the Roman Empire's wealthy, for the sake of presentation prestige, to sculpt food into something other than food, or into a food that it was not, was common too. They seem to particularly been fond of putting one animal, bird, fish, inside another, one after another and presenting this huge cooked platter as a centerpiece of the banquet. That was popular in the medieval and Renaissance eras too. Of course our classic idea of the Renaissance is Italy, the Roman Empire's legacy.
* Even the worst restaurant in the world charging extortionate New York City prices, Vicksburg's Lillian's Authentic Italian Cuisine, presented its inedible extrusions on square plates! Yes, I am still fuming about that restaurant. Must. Let. It. Go.
** In truth it's faux imitation of bad art and not delightful to look at, unless is it in a Vietnamese restaurant. The Vietnamese have been presenting food in artful, lovely ways for so long it's culturally organic. That this so is part of the reason Vietnamese - Thai are my favorite Asian cuisines.