London: This giant
slab of milk chocolate, that weighs almost six tonnes and measures
13 feet, has broken the world record for the largest chocolate
It has been created by Thorntons in honour of the company's 100th
birthday and, after months of top-secret cooking, the treat was
unveiled Wednesday in front of staff and visitors at the
confectioner's headquarters in Alfreton, Derbyshire.
Paul Bell, a stock controller in Thorntons' toffee department,
came up with the idea to celebrate the centenary and said creating
it was no mean feat, The Sun reported.
"On pouring day itself there were over 50 people involved pouring
the chocolate into the mould and it took 10 hours to do it, then a
further three days to cool off," he said.
The world's largest chocolate bar weighed 12,770 pounds (5,792.5
kg or 5.79 tonnes). Guinness World Records adjudicators visited
the factory and confirmed it had broken the record for the world's
biggest chocolate bar, Bell said.
Four weeks ago a company in America threatened to take the title
when it created a similar mammoth block but fell short with its
5,500 kg effort.
Bell said the giant bar of chocolate will be broken up with axes
and given to Thornton's staff and customers in shops, as well as
helping to raise money for charities.