A near exact one thirteenth scale replica of one the most infamous Mayan Pyramids made of chocolate has set a new Guinness World Record for becoming the largest sculpture made of the confectioner.
The near-perfect replica complete with the same number of steps and panels as the real Kukulkan pyramid in Chichen Itza was created by corporate chef Francois Mellet, in California. The Qzina Institute of Chocolate and Pastry announced that the sculpture with a 10 by 10-foot base and rose 6 feet high had been recognized by Guinness after coming in at a weight of 18,239.5 pounds.
The previous sculpture was created in Italy in 2010 and weighed 7,500 pounds.
Mellet said he created the sculpture to coincide with the 2012 December 21st doomsday prophecy which some say was predicted by the Mayans as well to celebrate the opening of the Qzina Institute.
“Breaking a Guinness World Record for building the largest chocolate sculpture will be Qzina’s greatest masterpiece yet,” said Richard Foley, founder and CEO of Qzina. “We studied Mayan pyramids at great lengths to create an exact replica of the Temple of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza to honor the original chocolatiers.”
Along with the help of other’s it took Mellet and his team 400 hours to create the pyramid, and it will be on display at the Qzina Institute from June 4 through Dec. 21, with no word of what its fate will be after the scheduled doomsday.