Qzina Specialty Foods has broken the world record for the world’s largest chocolate sculpture by building a replica of the ancient Mayan temple - the Kukulcan pyramid of Chichen Itza in Mexico. The sculpture which weighs a whopping 18,239 pounds surpasses the previous record of 10,736.5 pound set in Italy in 2010.
The structure is exactly proportional to the original, 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. Altogether, the project took more than 400 hard hours of construction.
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.
The pyramid will be on display at the institute from June 4 through Dec. 21, when it will be destroyed to coincide with the end of the Mayan calendar. The method for destruction is yet to be decided.
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