I was planning on using a butter cream under it and thought that if they didn't like the chocolate they could peel it off -- kind of like they could with fondant. I don't know anyone who likes the taste of fondant but know a lot of people who really like chocolate so it seems worth a shot.
I was just worried about needing to frost and assemble, frost and assemble method I'll need to use to get the snake striped. I think I'd make a real mess out of things using buttercream.
I'll check that video out, thanks.