Who doesn't love food? It’s obviously necessary to our existence but in today’s society food has far surpassed its original intention of sustenance. From turning food into an art form to instagraming your delicious berry oatmeal in its mason jar, food has taken on new meanings in today’s age.
Restaurants, take-out venues, food trucks, canteens, vending machines are everywhere you turn, and the variety of foods that we are now exposed to has grown exponentially in the last few decades. So when someone makes a food we all enjoy and love in an extreme size, it’s only natural to be fascinated and yes extremely hungry. Take a look at some of the biggest, most delicious, mouthwatering foods made in the world as verified by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Yes…this exists. Dairy lovers beware, the bar has just been raised. Kemps Diary set the record for the world’s biggest ice cream scoop in Wisconsin (USA) at the Cedarburg Strawberry Festival last year.
A whopping 733 containers worth of strawberry ice cream (equal to the length of a football field) were carved into a gigantic scoop, by five nationally-ranked snow sculptors. The Guinness World Record-setting Ice Cream Scoop weighed-in at a scrumptious 1365kgs (3,010lbs).
Vermont (USA) candy shop owner Nick Monte took on the delicious task of making the world’s largest peanut butter cup in 2013 – and he did just that. Combining more than 229 pounds of chocolate and peanut butter, Nick managed to create the incredibly large confection.
Mouth watering yet? Its inner layer of milk chocolate was poured into a mold by hand, and then filled with a creamy peanut butter filling. How about now? The peanut butter cup came to a humongous 1.5m (59 1/2in) in width, containing 32kg (70lbs) of chocolate and a massive 72kgs (159lbs) pounds of peanut butter. Now that’s what you call dessert!
Mmmm. Breakfast, the most important meal of that day. What better to have for breakfast than waffles? A REALLY big waffle! The largest waffle in the world weighs in at staggering 50kg (110 lb 3.68 oz) and was created by Stichting Gouda Oogst in the Netherlands in 2013.
The waffle had a diameter of 2.47m (8ft 1.24in) and required 60kg (132lbs) of dough, as well as taking 15kg (33 lb) of syrup. How did they cook such a humongous treat? They baked it in a 3,000kg (6,614lb) custom made baking iron of course! After the town mayor took the first bite, 3,000 slices were handed out for the gathered crowd to enjoy. Imagine being part of that crowd!
Sounds too good to be true, but here it is, the world’s biggest chocolate coin coming in at a massive 658kg (1,450lbs 64oz)! With the average Cadbury chocolate bar weighing in at just under 42g (that’s almost 500 times the amount of a regular sized chocolate bar),the delectable coin was presented at the Ciocco Show Exhibition during an event organized by the BF Servizi SRL in Bologna, Italy, as a celebration of the Guinness World Records Day back in 2012.
When it comes to food, it’s safe to say that the hotdog is the American dream above all other takeaway foods. Picture an average hotdog and multiply it by 40. That’s what Gorilla Tango Novelty Meats CEO and ‘Big Hot Dog’ inventor Dan Abbate came up with back in March 2011, creating the Largest Hotdog commercially available in the world, as recognized by the Guinness World Records.
The Big Hot Dog weighs in at whopping 3.18kg (7lbs) and measures a crazy 40.64cm (16in) long and 10.16cm (4in) in diameter. With the price coming in at $40US a pop, you’d be forgiven if you tried to stomach this one in one sitting…
Fittingly the title for the world’s largest round pizza was reclaimed by the Italians in 2012 (previously set in South Africa in 1990 where it was held for 22 years). The margherita 100% gluten-free pizza, measured in at 40m (131ft) in diameter and used a mammoth 9,000kg (19,841lbs) of flour.
If that sounds like a whole lot of flour, then have a look at the quantities of the other ingredients. 4536kgs (10,000lbs) of tomato sauce, 3992kgs (8,800lbs) of mozzarella cheese, 675kgs (1,488lbs) of margarine, 250kgs (551lbs) of rock salt, 100kgs (220lbs) of lettuce and 25kgs (55lbs) of vinegar.
In total the enormous pizza came in at a mouthwatering 23,250kgs (51,257lbs). Those ingredients didn’t come together themselves, with the five Italian chefs spending over 48 hours baking the dough in over 5,000 batches. Don’t fret, the pizza was cut up and donated to local food shelters in Rome.
The largest vegetable samosa ever made comes in at a delectable 110.8kg (244lbs 4oz) and was created by Bradford College in partnership with award winning restaurant Prashad, in the United Kingdom back in 2012.
The samosa measured in at 135cm long (53in), 85cm wide (33in) and 29cm high (11in). With a staggering 3 sacks of potatoes (60kg), 1 sack of onions, (25kg), 30 bags of peas (15kg) 12 bunches of coriander, 300 chilies and 250 bottles of rapeseed oil, that’s one epic starter you wouldn’t be able to get through.
In 2011, 3 teams consisting of 136 people prepared and cooked the world’s largest sandwich with the help of 639 participants who helped fill it.
The delicious creation, created in Lebanon, weighed in at a whopping 557kg (1227lbs) and measured 735m (2,411ft) long. Taking almost a whole day to make, the sandwich required four custom made movable ovens to be created in order to bake one long continuous piece of bread. Consisting of chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, pickles, mayonnaise, red vinegar, salt, mustard, white pepper, lemon juice, kammoun spices and coriander, this gourmet sandwich sure went a ‘long’ way.
In 2008, Iran also had a crack at the record – with no success. Iran’s attempt was a 1,500-metre-long sandwich made up off 700kg (1543lbs) of ostrich meat and 700kg (1543lbs) of chicken. But while it was officially being measured, the crowd started to consume the sandwich, interfering with the chance claiming the title.
In 2012, Flahavan’s and Waterford Harvest Festival in Ireland cooked up the largest bowl of porridge weighing in at 1,380kg (3,042lbs 6oz). The enormous bowl of Flahavan’s porridge oats was cooked to perfection, smashing the previous record set by the Russians of 865kg (1907lbs). A specially made bowl measuring in at 1.4m (4.60ft) in height and 1.7m (5.60ft) in diameter was used to accommodate for the supersized porridge serving. In total 150kg (330lbs) of oats were mixed with 1.21t (2668lbs) of water and 30 liters (8 gallons) of milk.
Surely this would have to go hand in hand with the world’s biggest party…and the Belgium’s sure know how to get a party started. Back in 2008, Luuk Broos and his team created a champagne fountain containing 43,680 glasses, creating 63 storeys…that’s a lot of champagne glasses!
Thinking about the delicate nature of such a mammoth task, the environment in which the tower is composed would be a massive consideration. Where do you start such a task? In a shopping center of course! The tower was constructed in the Shopping Center Wijnegem, Belgium.