Canadian Qzina Specialty Foods has broken a Guinness World Record for building the world’s largest chocolate sculpture.
Weighing more than 8 tons (18,239 pounds) and modeled after Kukulkan the Ancient Mayan temple, Qzina broke the world record by a whooping 500 kgs. Francois Mellet, The company’s corporate pastry chef, led the effort, with help from top craftsman Stephane Treand. Altogether, the project took more than 400 hard hours of construction.
The structure is exactly proportional to its original inspiration, down to the the number of steps and panels. It’s precisely one-thirtieth the size of the original with a base of 10 feet by 10 feet and a height of six feet.
“Breaking a Guinness World Record for building the largest chocolate sculpture will be Qzina’s greatest masterpiece yet,” said Qzina founder and CEO Richard Foley in a release. “We studied Mayan pyramids at great lengths to create an exact replica of the Temple of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza to honor the original chocolatiers.” The sculpture, he said, was created in celebration of the company’s 30th anniversary and its newly-opened Qzina Institute of Chocolate and Pastry.
The pyramid will be on display at the institute from June 4 through Dec. 21, when the Mayan calendar comes to an end. Fittingly, it’ll then be destroyed.