In life and in love, there are worlds frequented by but a select few. Apparently, however, the world of making and breaking records is larger than I could possibly fathom. In fact, so much so, that it is the passion, the life, and the love of many individuals and their onlookers (Evil Knievel and his consistent fan base comes recklessly to mind). After a brief bit of research through the Guinness Book of World Records, I compiled a list of all records relating to, but of course, desserts. Enjoy the gluttony.
Largest Wedding Cake
The world’s largest wedding cake weighed 6,818.40 kg (15,032 lb) and was made by chefs at the Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA and displayed at their New England bridal showcase on February 8, 2004.
Largest Apple Pie
The largest apple pie ever baked was made by the North Central Washington Museum, Wenatchee, Washington, USA, in a dish measuring 13.4 x 7.3 m (44 x 24 ft). The titanic tart was made at Walla Walla Point Park, Washington, on August 16, 1997, and weighed 15.37 tonnes (34,438 lb).
Largest Bag of Cookies
The world’s largest bag of cookies measured 3.29 m (10 ft 8 in) high, 2.13 m (7 ft) deep and 114.3 cm (45 in) wide, and was unveiled at the Loblaws Wonderland Market in London, Ontario, Canada on September 6, 2001. The bag – which was filled with 100,152 President’s Choice Decadent Chocolate Chip cookies weighing an estimated 1.54 tonnes – was an exact scaled-up replica of the original President’s Choice packaging, complete with freshness seal.
It took almost two hours to count out the 100,152 cookies, and a further 11 and a half hours to fill the bag. A scaffolding and harness system was designed to lower cookie stackers Bob Murphy and Dave Cumming into the bag, and at 3.30 a.m., once the last cookies were in place, the top of the bag was rolled closed and held in place with the freshness seal. A public health inspector confirmed that the cookies were edible.
Got a sweet tooth? The Dairy Queen ice-cream shop of Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA, made a soft-scoop ice cream and oreo cookie dessert weighing 2,411.5 kg (5,316.6 lb) at Riverside Park, Agawam, Massachusetts on July 1, 1999.
Largest Box of Chocolates
The largest box of chocolates ever made is a Frango mint chocolates box weighing 1,463 kg (3,226 lb) created by Marshall Field’s, Chicago, Illinois, USA on November 14, 2002.
The scaled-up version of the original chocolate box measured 203 cm (80 in) wide, 439 cm (173 in) long, 48 cm (19 in) deep and contained a calorie-induced 90,090 individual chocolates, which alone weighed 1,065 kg (2,347 lb).
Largest Box of Popcorn
The largest box of popcorn was made by BR Turbo (Brazil) with a volume of 24.92 m³ (880 ft³) having been filled in 5 hours and 59 minutes at the Mercado Público, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil on September 11, 2003.
EarthGrains bakery and residents of Fort Payne, Alabama, USA, made a cake weighing 58.08 tonnes (128,238 lb 8 oz), including 7.35 tonnes (16,209 lb) of icing at the V.F.W. Exhibition Hall, Fort Payne, on October 18, 1989.
The world’s largest cappuccino measured 1,500 liters (329.95 gallons) in volume and was made by Ettore Diana and Luca Braguti at the Hotel Leon d’Oro, Verona, Italy on January 29, 2002.
The giant cup measured 2.1 m (6.9 ft) in diameter, and the two barmen brewed 500 liters of expresso and foamed an incredible 1000 liters of milk.
The attempt was made to raise money for the Verona Down’s Syndrome Children’s Association.
Largest Chocolate (Individual)
The world’s largest individual chocolate was a BaciOne weighing 5,980 kg (13,183 lb) and was made by Nestlé (Italy) and displayed at the Perugina factory, San Sisto, Italy on 26 October 2003.
Largest Chocolate Bar
Elah-Dufour United Food Companies Ltd. made a scaled-up version of a Novi chocolate bar, weighing 2,280 kg (5,026 lb), at the Eurochocolate 2000 exhibition in Turin, Italy, on March 16-19, 2000.
Largest Christmas Log Cake
Northlands Spectrum in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, created the world’s largest Christmas log cake, which weighed 2,502.4 kg (5,505.3 lb) and measured 21.95 m (72 ft) in length. The colossal cake was 45.72 cm (18 in) wide and 33.02 cm (13 in) high, and was fed to about 3,500 guests at Northlands Park on December 9, 2000. The remainder was sent to the Edmonton Food Bank and then delivered to various charity groups.
The largest cookie ever made was a giant chocolate chip snack with a diameter of 24.9 m. (81 ft 8 in), and an area of 487.15 sq m (5,243.6 sq ft), made by Cookie Time, Christchurch, New Zealand, on April 2, 1996.
Largest Crème Brulée
The California Egg Commission, chef Rick Royal and students from the Art Institute of Los Angeles, School of Culinary Arts, created the largest crème brulée with a diameter of 7 m (23.25 ft). The dessert consisted of 3,600 egg yolks, and was completed on August 3, 1999.
(Choux pastry, filled with crème patissiere and held together by caramel) On August 16, 1998, at the Penang Mutiara Beach Resort, Malaysia, 20 chefs constructed a croquembouche measuring 4.1 m (13 ft 6 in) tall.
Largest Custard-Pie Fight
On April 11, 2000, 3,312 custard pies were thrown in three minutes by 20 people, at the Millennium Dome, London, UK. The event was organized by internet company, Funplanet.co.uk.
Largest Energy Bar
Kirchner’s Bakery in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, on behalf of Way Cool, Inc. baked a Circular Peak bar weighing 182.79 kg (403 lb) on June 20, 1998.
Largest Fruit Shortcake
A 118 sq m (1,275-sq ft) peach shortcake measuring 143.86 m x 0.85 m (472 ft 3 in x 2 ft 8 in) was made by the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the American Culinary Federation at the 1999 Hunger Walk in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on May 16, 1999.
Largest Gingerbread Man
The world’s largest gingerbread man weighed a whopping 168.8 kg (372.13 lb) and was made by chefs at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Vancouver, Canada, on November 19, 2003. The giant gingerbread gent measured 4.23 m (13 ft 11 in) in height, 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) wide and 5.08 cm (2 in) deep.
The total ingredients were:
100 kg (220.46 lb) silver star flour
1.6 kg (3.52 lb) baking soda
1.6 kg (3.52 lb) sea salt
20 kg (44 lb) shortening
20 kg (44 lb) white sugar
20 kg (44 lb) molasses (refined sugar syrup)
4 kg (8.8 lb) ground ginger
1.6 kg (3.52 lb) ground nutmeg
The largest ever goiabada (guava sweetmeat), weighing 555 kg (1,223 lb), was made by the government of Venda Nova do Inmigrante in Espíritu Santo, Brazil, on May 7, 2000.
Largest Gum Wrapper Collection
Steve Fletcher started collecting chewing gum and bubblegum in 1980, and he’s stuck to it ever since. Over the last two decades he has amassed an awesome collection of 5,300 packets from all over the globe, earning the record for the world’s largest gum wrapper collection. He stores his sweet stash in an old-fashioned shop display cupboard at his home in London, UK. Steve has examples of Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum from 25 different countries.
Largest Ice-Cream Cake
The world’s largest ice cream cake was made by Carvel (USA) weighing 12,096 lb (5,486 kg) and was displayed at Union Square Park, New York, USA to mark their 70th birthday on 25 May 2004.
Largest Ice-Cream Freezer Collection
For the last 16 years, Dr. Steven C. Wilson, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA, has collected 132 individual ice-cream freezers.
Largest Ice-Cream Sandwich
Hy-Vee, Inc., in conjunction with Wells’ Blue Bunny, Metz Baking Company, and Giese Sheet Metal, made an ice-cream sandwich weighing 1,115.8 kg (2,460 lb) in Dubuque, Iowa, USA, on February 27, 1998.
Largest Ice-Cream Sundae
The largest ice-cream sundae weighed 24.91 tonnes (54,915 lb), and was made by Palm Dairies Ltd. in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on July 24, 1988.
Largest Jar of Jellybeans
Goelitz Confectionery made a jar of jellybeans measuring 1.37 m x 1.37 m x 3m (4 ft 6 in x 4 ft 6 in x 10 ft) high, with 2,160,000 jellybeans weighing 2,744.23 kg (6,050 lb).
The world’s largest lollipop weighed 2,158.7 kg (4,759.1 lb) and was made by Franssons (Sweden) for a festival in Gränna, Sweden on July 27, 2003.
Largest Maple Syrup Bucket
Rapid Duct Supply made the world’s largest maple syrup bucket with a capacity of 605 liters (160 US gall) for the annual Elmira Maple Syrup Festival, Ontario, Canada, held on April 1, 2000.
Largest Maple Syrup Festival
The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival, held in Ontario, Canada, is the largest of its kind in the world. The 36th annual event on April 1, 2000, attracted 66,529 people.
Largest Marzipan Sweet
The world’s largest pistachio marzipan sweet weighed 4.1984 tonnes (9,255 lb 14 oz) and was made by 225 chefs in an event organized by Spacetel Syria at Hamadanya Stadium, Aleppo, Syria, on July 1, 2003. The finished sweet measured 16.4 m (53 ft 9 in) long, 12.2 m (40 ft 0.3 in) wide, 1.6 cm (0.6 in) thick and 32 m³ (1,130 ft³) in volume!
The sweet was made following a template of 270 pieces, and then sealed together as one big cake. The 225 chefs from all over Syria were hand-picked for the event, with a further 25 recruited as back up. The record was attempted as part of the launch of Spacetel Syria’s pre-paid mobile phone system, called ‘Ana’ (meaning ‘I’) and used pistachio nuts, which are a popular local produce in Aleppo. The sweet was then decorated with green, orange and white glazing in order to recreate the logo for this new system.
The world’s biggest pancake was 15.01 m (49 ft 3 in) in diameter, 2.5 cm (1 in) deep, and weighed 3 tonnes (2.95 tons). It was made in Manchester, UK, on August 13, 1994, for the 150th anniversary of the Co-Operative movement.
Largest Pecan Pie
El Paso Diablos Baseball Club, Texas, USA made a pecan pie weighing 18,863 kg (41,586 lb) and 15.24 m (50 ft) in diameter at Cohen Stadium, El Paso, Texas on May 22, 1999.
Largest Piece of Toffee
The largest piece of toffee weighs 1,333.5 kg (2,940 lb) and was created by Susie’s South Forty Confections, Inc., of Midland, Texas, USA on September 17, 2002. The giant piece of pecan toffee was made in the shape of Texas and contained a total of 7,056,000 calories. At its widest points, the toffee measured 3.2 m wide, 2.5 m long, and 0.6 m deep (10.5 ft x 8.5 ft x 2 ft).
(Lemon flavored cake glazed with chocolate) The company Eros Bar, Sicily, Italy, created a pignolata in the shape of the Cape of South Alessio weighing 464.25 kg (1,023 lb) on July 11, 1999.
Largest Popcorn Sculpture
The largest popcorn sculpture, in the likeness of Godzilla, measured 4.89 m (16 ft 0.5 in) tall and was created to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Allan Park Cinema, Stirling, UK and unveiled October 3, 2003.
In August 1997, Jan van den Berg and friends from the Dutch village of Katwijk aan den Rijn, with the help of manufacturers Iglo-Ola, made a giant Rocket weighing 9.081 tonnes (20,020 lb). The titanic thirst-quencher was 6.5 m (21 ft) long, 2.26 m (7 ft 5 in) wide, and averaged 1.1 m (3 ft 7 in) thick. The former record holder, a 7,915-kg (17,450-lb) popsicle, was well and truly licked! Made from water, dextrose, sugar, and additives, it contained enough frozen liquid to make 250,000 ice cubes. The popsicle measured a quarter of the length of the Mercury spacecraft, which launched Alan Shepart, America’s first man in space.
Largest Pumpkin Pie
The largest pumpkin pie weighed 189.6 kg (418 lb) and was made by the Windsor Certified Farmers Market and the Windsor High School Culinary Arts Program, and served at the Farmers Market, Windsor, California, USA on 26 October 2003.
Largest Rice Cake
The largest oo-kagami-mochi rice cake – meaning “large, round rice cake offered to the Gods at New Year” – weighed 2,097 kg (4,623 lb) and was made by Kamura Foods Co,. Ltd, and displayed in Niigata prefecture, Japan, on March 1, 2002. The diameter of the cake at its widest point measured 1.78 m (5.83 ft), and it took 3.5 hours to produce the rice cake and 87 hours for it to harden and be ready to eat.
Once complete, the cake was decorated with strips of white paper and sacred straw rope as part of the Japanese tradition.
Largest Slab of Fudge
Northwest Fudge factory.Com, Ontario, Canada, created a slab of fudge that weighed 908.09 kg (2,002 lb). The chocolate-and-vanilla-swirl fudge was displayed at the New Sudbury Mall, Ontario, Canada, on May 4 2002. The fudge measured 50.5 m (166 ft) in length, 23 cm (9 in) wide and 7.5 cm (3 in) high.
The fudge took a total of 86 hours to prepare and mould. An army of 13 individuals were on hand the night before the attempt to pour it into shape.
“Please sir, may I have s’more?” That’s what a bunch of happy holiday campers at the Beals Point campground in California, USA, yelled when it was time to eat the largest s’more ever made. This gigantic campfire feast – short for “some more” – was made on May 23, 2003, from 20,000 toasty hot marshmallows, 7,000 Hershey’s chocolate bars, and 24,000 graham crackers… and weighed a incredible 725.7 kg (1,600 lb)!
(A layered confection of fruit, sponge, alcohol, egg custard, and whipping crème.) Students at the Clarendon College of Further Education, Nottingham, UK, made a sherry trifle weighing 3.13 tonnes (6,896 lb), including 91 liters (20 gal) of sherry, at the Forest Recreation Ground, Nottingham, on September 26, 1990.
Largest Turkish Delight
(A candy, usually fruit flavored, made with rosewater.) A Turkish Delight weighing 2.349 tonnes (5,180 lb 9 oz), was made by Bahattin Pektuzun and his two sons, Bulent and Ediz, at the premises of Real Turkish Delight, Auburn, New South Wales, Australia, on September 19, 1997.
Largest Weighing Scale Collection
Ray and Eileen Park of Noranda, Australia, have a collection of 2,549 weighing scales dating as far back as 1770. The collection began in 1983, when a set of scales was given as a present. A favorite is an English letter scale with Wedgewood inserts.
Longest Banana Split
The residents of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA, made a banana split measuring 7.32 km (4.55 miles) in length along Market Street, Selinsgrove, on April 30, 1988.
Longest Bread Twist
Spo³em’ PSS in Kielce, Poland made the world’s longest bread twist measuring 11.94 m (39.17 ft) long at their factory on June 20th, 2001.
Chefs from 28 leading hotels in Dubai made a date and banana cake measuring 2,530.8 m (8,303 ft) in length assembled along the seafront in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, on December 2, 1996.
Longest Continuous Candy Counter
The world’s longest continuous candy counter is at the Chutter General Store, Littleton, New Hampshire, USA, and measures 34.11 m (111 ft 11 in).
Longest Line of Sweets
In 24 hours, between December 5 and 6, 1998, a total of 60 scouts from Maryborough, Victoria, Australia, produced a continuous line of 306,250 Mintie candies, covering a distance of 15.143 km (9 mile 720 yd) at Goldfields Leisure Nestle Centre.
Longest Pancake Marathon
On October 24, 1999, Mike Cuzzacrea ran the 40-km (26.2-miles) Casino Niagara Marathon in New York while flipping a pancake continuously in a frying pan. He completed the course in 3 hrs 2 mins 27 secs. Mike has raised thousands of dollars for charity through his pancake flipping endeavors.
Most Candles On a Cake
The record for the most candles on a cake was set by the St Ignatius Cub Scouts, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, who lit 12,432 candles in celebration of Ohio’s Bicentennial celebrations on May 9, 2003. The iced cake measured 190.5 x 63.5 cm (75 x 25 in) and consisted of 19 cake mixes, 25 cups of water, eight cups of vegetable oil, and 57 eggs.
Most Champagnes Tasted
Richard Juhlin of Sweden has tasted 2,912 different champagnes from the Champagne district in northern France. The tastings took place from 1986 to September 2000.
Most Expensive Ice-Cream Sundae
The world’s most expensive ice cream sundae is the Serendipity Golden Opulence Sundae costing $1,000 (£560) and was added to the menu of the Serendipity 3 restaurant, New York, USA in September 2004 to celebrate the restaurant’s 50th anniversary.
Most Ice-Cream Eaten In 30 Seconds
The record for eating the most ice cream in 30 seconds using a teaspoon was set by America’s Diego Siu, who ate 264 g (9.3 oz) at the Central Florida Fair, Orlando, Florida, USA, on March 2, 2003.
Guinness World Record rules insist that the ice cream – which must be a standard vanilla flavor – is removed from the freezer five minutes before the attempt begins, and that it is eaten straight from the container using just one teaspoon in one hand.
Most Popular Soft Drink
In 1998, Coca-Cola sold more than 683 million drinks per day. Total sales for the company in 1998 were over $18.8 billion: a worldwide market share of 51%.
Most Smarties Eaten In Three Minutes
Kathryn Ratcliffe (UK) ate 138 Smarties in three minutes using chopsticks at the Metro Centre, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, UK on October 25, 2003.
Most Valuable Hot Cross Bun
A hot cross bun baked in 1829 in Stepney, London, UK, was bought by Bill Foster for £155 ($217.99) at the Antiques for Everyone show at the NEC in Birmingham, England, on April 27, 2000. One of the ingredients of the bun, made in accordance with a traditional recipe, was sawdust.
Tallest Champagne Fountain
Between December 28 and 30, 1999, Luuk Broos, director of Maison Luuk-Chalet Fontaine, constructed a 56-storey champagne fountain at the Steigenberger Kurhaus Hotel, Scheveningen, Netherlands. It was made from 30,856 traditional long-stem champagne flutes.
Tallest Chocolate Model
The Gremi Provincial de Patisseria, Confiteria i Bolleria School in Barcelona, Spain, went completely choco and made the world’s tallest chocolate model. After eating their massive 27 ft 10.5 in (8.5 m) tall, 42 ft 8 in (13 m) long and 8 ft 2½ in (2.5 m) wide chocolate sailing ship, they would have been in chocolate lovers’ heaven (and hospital)!
Tallest Easter Egg
On April 4, 1996, the Rotary Club of Piet Retief, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, made an Easter egg which was 7.65 m (25 ft 1 in) high. Made of marshmallow and chocolate, it weighed 4,068 kg (8,968 lb) and was supported by an internal steel frame.
(Source: Guinness World Records)