mayan temple built from 9 tons of chocolate
mayan temple built from 9 tons of chocolate mayan temple built from 9 tons of chocolate
may 15, 2012

mayan temple built from 9 tons of chocolate

the world’s largest chocolate sculpture by qzina specialty foods, 2012 all images © qzina specialty foods

qzina specialty foods has created the world’s largest chocolate sculpture in the form of temple of kukulkan at chichen itza, an ancient mayan temple found in modern day mexico. the massive dessert work weighs 18,239 pounds– this surpasses the previous record set in italy in 2010 by more than 7,500 pounds. the chocolate piece was developed for the company’s 30th anniversary and the opening of their institute of pastry and chocolate.

qzina’s corporate pastry chef francois mellet and meilleur ouvrier de france stephane treand, with the support of a small team, were able to build the gigantic chocolate formed sculpture measuring six feet tall growing from a ten by ten foot base formed proportionally to the true size of the ancient temple. the piece pays homage to the mayans’ role in the beginnings of the now world-wide sweet delicacy and the two culinary artists have chosen to develop a piece accurately recreating the details of the ancient peoples’ temple.

the chocolate temple will be on display at the qzina institute of chocolate and pastry in irvine, california, USA from june 4th until the date of december 21st, 2012 upon which the mayan calendar ends and the massive dessert sculpture will be destroyed. at this point, qzina has yet to decide how the world’s largest chocolate sculpture will be deconstructed. 

an additional view of the theatrically lit, towering chocolate artwork

a chocolate figure climbing the stairs of the temple

a detailed perspective of the edible figure

the specialty foods company says they ‘chose the mayan theme because of the crucial role the culture played in the origins of chocolate. the mayans were one of the first civilizations to cultivate cacao trees and discover the true potential of the cocoa bean. realizing the delicious possibilities of this powerful discovery, the mayans worshiped the cacao tree and praised its beans as the food of the gods‘.

a view of the small person ascending the side of the massive chocolate building

an additional vision of the miniature ancient mayan person

the sculpture measures six feet in height with a base of ten by ten feet

‘breaking a guinness world record for building the largest chocolate sculpture will be qzina’s greatest masterpiece yet. we studied mayan pyramids at great lengths to create an exact replica of the temple kukulkan at chichen itza to honor the original chocolatiers. it was important for us to create something memorable in celebration of our 30th anniversary and the grand opening of the qzina institute of chocolate + pastry.‘ –richard foley, founder and CEO of qzina

chef, francois mellet working atop the gigantic chocolate structure

mellet pushes melted chocolate across the surface which now forms the base of the piece

‘mellet, together with his team, spent more than 400 hours constructing this magnificent structure of solid chocolate that was created using an assortment of qzina’s leading chocolate brands. 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‘. -qzina company

a detailed perspective of the work in progress

mellet pouring melted chocolate to be cooled in the form of a mayan temple

several visions of the chocolate piece in the stages of its earliest decorative realization

a wide view of the work in progress

via collabcubed

  • delicious!

    bryant says:
  • Did they move it out of the room for display or was that an uh…oh moment? Those doors look a little small!

    minivader says:
  • From an artistic point of view it’s very intricate and impressing, but really – I have great problems with those issues where we use “food” for nothing. Or would it be auctioned after the exhibition and the money would go to aid projects?

    viola says:

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