It’s the biggest bar none: Edible replica of ancient Mayan temple breaks record for world’s largest chocolate sculpture
Chocolate-lovers need look no further for a place to pay homage to their favourite treat after chocolatiers created a mouth-watering edible sculpture of an ancient Mayan temple.
Chocolatiers have broken the world record for the largest chocolate sculpture after building a replica of the Kukulcan pyramid based in Chichen Itza in Mexico weighing an incredible 18,239lb – the equivalent of two adult elephants.
It smashes the previous record for the world’s largest chocolate creation set in Italy in 2010 which weighed just 10,736.5lb
A delicious place of worship: Qzina specialty foods have broken the record for the world’s largest chocolate sculpture with a replica of the Kukulcan temple at Chichen Itza in Mexico.
Fine detail: Qzina made sure the sculpture is an exact replica of the temple with the correct amount of steps and carvings
Tribute: Qzina says it chose to build the Kukulcan to pay homage to the Mayans’ role in discovering and cultivating cocoa bean trees
The mouth-watering six feet tall creation is 10ft by 10ft wide and took 400 hours for staff at Qzina Specialty Foods in Irvine, California, to make.
The Qzina Institute of Chocolate & Pastry made the delicious temple to celebrate its 30th anniversary – choosing the Mayan theme because of the crucial role the culture played in the origins of chocolate.
The Mayans were one of the first civilizations to cultivate Cacao trees and discover the true potential of the cocoa bean. Realizing the delicious possibilities of this powerful discovery, the Mayans worshiped the Cacao tree and praised its beans as the food of the Gods.
Qzina’s Corporate Pastry Chef, Francois Mellet, was the lead architect on this massive project and MOF Stephane Treand (Meilleur Ouvrier de France or Best Craftsman in France) lent his artistic touch to the sculpture’s intricate design elements.
Just like the real thing: The massive sculpture weighs 18,239 pounds – surpassing the previous record set in Italy in 2010 by more than 7,500 pounds
Wonders of the chocolate world: The sculpture has 365 steps, left, representing the Mayan calendar and chocolatiers even carved small Mayan tribesmen to adorn the Kukulcan temple, right
Hard work: It took pastry chef Francois Mellet and Stephane Treand, with the support of a small team, 400 hours to complete the sculpture
Mellet, together with his team, spent more than 400 hours constructing this magnificent structure of solid chocolate that was created using an assortment of Qzina’s leading chocolate brands.
Richard Foley, founder and CEO of Qzina, said: ‘Breaking a Guinness World Record for building the largest chocolate sculpture will be Qzina’s greatest masterpiece yet.
‘We studied Mayan pyramids at great lengths to create an exact replica of the Temple Kukulcan at Chichen Itza to honor the original chocolatiers.
It was important for us to create something memorable in celebration of our 30th anniversary and the grand opening of the Qzina Institute of Chocolate & Pastry.’
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.
Careful measurements: Qzina made sure the creation was proportional to the temple – and made it exactly one thirtieth the size of the real thing
In the making: The chocolate temple stands at six feet tall and is ten feet by ten feet wide
Silky smooth: The temple base was carefully brushed down to remove excess chocolate and to make the sides of the temple smooth
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.
Mr Foley continued: ‘It’s amazing how far the company has come; from the basement of my family home to a key player in the specialty dessert industry.
‘From day one, I’ve been as interested in the story behind the chocolate we source as the quality of the chocolate itself.
‘We’ve built a rich 30-year history in the world of chocolate and pastry and I wanted to commemorate this milestone in a big way while showing our appreciation for where it all began.’
The chocolate pyramid will be displayed at the Qzina Institute of Chocolate & Pastry, located in Irvine, California, and will be available to view from June until it is destroyed on December 21, 2012, when the Mayan calendar comes to an end.