Chocolate Week 2010 was kicked off with the unveiling of the world’s largest chocolate truffle.
Chefs Chris Long and Gianni D’Aniello broke the world record for making the largest chocolate truffle taking five hours and twenty-five minutes to complete the supersized truffle.
The couple began constructing the truffle from Callebaut chocolate at 11am, observed by independent witnesses.
By 16.25 the truffle was complete, crushing the previous world record by weighing in at a 254.9 kg—the weight of almost five women.
The previous world record was set in Germany on 17 May 2008 with a chocolate truffle weighing 196.3kg.
The UK’s truffle is 61 cm high with a circumference of 248cm.
Although the record attempt is subject to official verification by the Guinness World Records TM, the significant increase in weight achieved is unofficial testament to the hard work of Chris and Gianni, who hope to achieve official certification in the following few weeks.
Following this successful attempt, the truffle will be broken up and reformed to make individual truffles which will be sold during Chocolate Week to raise money for The Heart Appeal at The Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
It is hoped that over 2,500 portions will be made for sale, from the record breaking huge truffle
Events are being held across the city for Chocolate Week 2010, which runs from 11–17th October, including the Belgravia Chocolate Tour which visits William Curley, Rococo, Pierre Herme, and includes a chocolate cocktail at Mimosa; a tasting event at Artisan du Chocolat of their famous liquid salted caramels; and a Chocoholics Afternoon Tea at Brown’s Hotel.
For more information on Chocolate Week events in London see www.chocolate-week.co.uk