Worlds Biggest Chocolate Bar
With every festival in the world celebrated in the ‘brown gold’, most people have a love affair with chocolate. However, a 5,827 kg (almost 6 tonnes) chocolate bar is beyond most people’s dream.
It took over 50 people, 534 kgs of almond, 2,450 kgs of sugar, 3,817 kgs of cocoa butter and 3,143 kgs of chocolate to create the monster. The bar is four metres square.
A giant mould was placed inside an inflatable tent in the factory’s carpark. It was then filled with chocolate by bucket-carrying volunteers, over a 10 hour period, following months of top-secret cooking. It took 3 days for the chocolate bar to cool off.
The bar was created by the Derbyshire confectionery firm, Thorntons, to celebrate its centenary. Thorntons is the largest independent chocolate firm in the United Kingdom. The firm said the giant bar would be smashed up and sold in stores to raise money for charity.
Four weeks earlier an American rival failed to take the title, falling short with only 5,500 kg. That would have created a lot of disappointed chocolate workers.
The previous world record for a chocolate bar, was held by a Chicago chocolate maker, the World’s Finest Chocolate. It was 3 feet tall, 21 feet long and weighed 5,529 kgs. It was used as a teaching tool to help students learn about the importance of good nutrition. The bar was taken on tour through American schools as a deliberate example of ‘portion distortion’.
The record before that was held by an Armenian chocolate factory, with a 4322 kg bar, in celebration of the company’s 10th anniversary.
Prior to that, Italy held the record.
In 2006 Singapore tried for the record with a bar weighing 2.67 tons, made by Nestles.
The world’s tallest chocolate Easter egg was produced in 2005 in Sint Nicklaas, Belgium, by Guylian.
The solid chocolate egg, measuring 8.32 metres high, weighing 1949 kg, took 26 craftsmen 525 hours to build the egg. Unfortunately at the end of the day, the outdoor-poured chocolate egg was uneatable.
However the latest record for the largest chocolate Easter egg stands only 4 metres high, but weighs 6,440 kg. The Guinness record is for weight, not height, so the Brazilian company beats its own 2009 record, of a 1950 kg (2.8 tons) egg. These Brazilian eggs were edible and broken into pieces and distributed to local charities.
The Brazilian egg took nearly two weeks to create, using 2.3 kilo bricks of chocolate.