World’s Largest Chocolate Sculpture
Guinness World Records awards the most outrageous titles for the most outrageous feats, so why should Pastry Chef Francois Mellet and “Best Craftsman of France” Stephane Treand be any different?
They shouldn’t, and they’re not. These two, in honor of Qzina Specialty Foods 30th anniversary, are the newest recipients of the title “World’s Largest Chocolate Sculpture.”
Mellet and Treand meticulously constructed and designed a massive 18,239-pound “chocotecture” (chocolate + architecture) mimicking ancient Mayan temples.
With all the talk of the Mayan calender ending on the 21st of December, this structure is getting even more attention. It’s a scary thought that the world may end, but Qzina Specialty Foods sure puts the fun in reminding us. Considered a premiere gourmet dessert and pastry provider, if this is how Qzina “provides,” bring it on. . . Armageddon or not.
Breaking last year’s record by more than 7,500 pounds, this structure is awe-inspiring and pays tribute to the crucial role and development the ancient Mayan culture played in the origins of chocolate. According to Qzina’s website, “The Mayans worshiped the Cacao tree and praised its beans as the food of the Gods.”
The details of Qzina’s 6-feet high (with a base that measures 10-feet by 10-feet) chocolate sculpture are intricate and reflect minute details of the historical architecture, even including “the number of steps and panels that reflect the Mayan calendar to its proportional size,” according to My Modern Met. Said to be one-thirteenth the size of the real thing, the sculpture commands the same jaw-dropping reaction, as this is made out of 100% chocolate.
The mouth-watering sculpture is on display at Qzina Institute of Chocolate & Pastry location in Irvine, California, beginning June 4, until December 21, 2012 – which is when the Mayan calendar is said to end.
Sadder news: the company plans to “destroy” the sculpture on the very last day. I’m already getting my picket sign ready!