Molds are common in the charaben world - Hello Kitty, Anpanman, bears, hearts, bunnies and flowers for rice, to name but a few; fish, cars, piggies, moo cows and more for hard boiled eggs...I could go on and on, but I'll stop to share this news of the strange out of China (via the Daily Mail and ABW):
That's a pear you see there, and one man in Northern China is molding them into...little Buddhas. Each goes for about $8, and even at that high price they're selling about as fast as they can grow, even being exported into European markets. Molded fruit strikes me as a little too strange a concept (like the square watermelon of Japan). Maybe it's just that I'm grossed out by odd artificiality, pesticides and the like, but still - this Buddha guy is kinda cool!
I will end on this note from Popular Science, circa 1938: