In Irvine, a 18,239-pound replica of the Mayan pyramid at Chichen Itza, Kukulkan, made completely out of chocolate, just destroyed the Guinness World Record for the biggest chocolate sculpture. The detailed construction, which tops off at six feet with a ten-foot base, took over 400 hours to make by pastry chefs from Irvine’s Qzina Specialty Foods.
Meant to commemorate the company’s 30th anniversary, the chefs after extensively studied Mayan architecture, proudly recreating the temple down to the exact number of stairs, tiny citizens in traditional dress, and deity panels (but sans the temple’s descending shadow snakes, we imagine, unless they’re that good). LAist tells us the temple will go on display in Irvine starting June 4th, then be destroyed on December 21 to fulfill apocalyptic readings of the Mayan calendar. [LAist]