Guinness World Records recently turned over the title of “world’s largest chocolate sculpture” to this 18,239 pound model of the Mayan-built Kukulkan pyramid in Chichen Itza, Mexico, which outweighs the previous record holder by nearly 4 tons.
Extensive planning and research set the groundwork to accurately capture the details and intricacies of an authentic Mayan temple down to the exact number of steps and panels representing numbers significant to the Mayan calendar. Built proportionally to the ancient temple’s true size, the solid chocolate pyramid is six feet tall and its base measures 10 feet by 10 feet – exactly one-thirtieth the size. The sculpture’s base alone weighs more than 3,000 pounds.
The massive sculpture will be on display in Irvine, California at the Qzina Institute of Chocolate & Pastry until December 31, 2012 (when the Mayan calendar comes to an end).
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