It may not eclipse the Burj Dubai or any of the other impossibly high buildings currently under development, but one new skyscraper recently made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. At more than 20 feet tall and constructed entirely out of chocolate, Alain Roby's creation set a record—though it didn't quite rise above the 1,483 feet scaled by the tallest building in the world, one of Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Towers.
The edifice was sculpted out of approximately one ton of dark chocolate and outfitted with white chocolate windows by Roby, who serves as the chief pastry chef at Chicago's Hyatt Regency. The tower, which drew crowds on its initial display at New York's famed FAO Schwarz toy store, was built in connection with a promotional event for The Food Network Challenge, a cable TV program.
In fact, the creation drew its inspiration from several famous landmarks in New York. “There is a little bit of the Rockefeller Center, a little bit of the Empire (State Building) and a little bit of the Chrysler Building, so everything is a little bit mixed together and my goal was really to reach the height,” Roby told media covering the Guinness Book of World Records ceremony at the toy store.
The Food Network program also attempted to set world records for pizza tossing, popcorn sculptures and most pancakes made. One record that remained unbroken was the most sugar-glazed jelly donuts eaten in three minutes without the contestant licking his or her lips, pastry chef Keegan Gerhard, the program's host, told trade publication Advertising Age. “It's harder than you think,” he said. “I tried and failed. I could only do it with my own doughnuts.”
As for Roby's creation, it may be slightly less sturdy than any of the buildings it resembles. After surviving a hair-raising trip to New York, the chocolate tower was slated to make the trip back to Chicago for display at the Hyatt Regency.