In a world where we obsess over a bigger this and bigger that, one company has broken the Guinness World Record for building the largest chocolate sculpture.
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Qzina Specialty Foods has modelled the sculpture based on an ancient Mayan temple weighing about 18,239 pounds (8,273 kg). The previous record was set in Italy in 2010 at a mere 7,500 pounds (3,402 kg).
The project was headed by the company’s corporate pastry chef, Francois Mellet with help from top craftsman Stephane Treand. It took more than 400 hours of hard work to construct the detailed pyramid-like structure.
Qzina had chosen the Mayan theme because of the role the ancient culture played in regards to the origin of chocolate. Many believed that the Mayans were one of the first civilisations to have discovered chocolate and they had used it as an offering to the Gods.
For the project, an assortment of chocolates were used to create the highly detailed temple. The structure is built proportionally to the ancient temple’s true size, right down to the number of steps and panels. The solid chocolate pyramid is six feet tall and its base measure 10 feet by 10 feet, precisely one-thirtieth the size of the original. The base alone weighs more than 3,000 pounds (1,361 kg).
Amazing, isn’t it? The pyramid-like sculpture will be on display at the Qzina Institute of Chocolate & Pastry in Irvine, California from June 4th onwards. The company is planning to destroy the chocolate sculpture on December 21st, 2012 to coincide with when the world, I mean Mayan calendar comes to an end.