This is the new record-holder for the world's largest chocolate sculpture: a 18,239-pound (8,273-kilogram, ~9-ton) model of the Mayan-built Kukulkan pyramid in Chichen Itza, Mexico. It beats the previous record holder by almost 4 tons, and was presumably made to celebrate the end of the world later this year. "Dammit GW, the world isn't ending this year." *hovering hand over giant red nuke button* No?
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. 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.
Now I'm not saying that's a terrible waste of chocolate, but come on -- there are people in the world who've never even tasted the stuff before. You could show them a Snickers bar and they'd probably tell you it's either molded dirt or a turd. Breaks my heart.
Hit the jump for a bunch more of the build and final product.
Thanks to razz, who agrees it should have a coconut center. Mmmmm, I love Mounds!