The chocolate building team was lead by Chef Francois Mellet and Stephane Treand, who added their pastry expertise to the construction of the oversized treat. The giant chocolate building is in the shape of the traditional Mayan temple, the ziggurat, which can be recognized by its ancient stair-stepped pyramid shape.
The 18,239 pounds of molten chocolate was slowly poured into each level of the pyramid. The base is 10 x 10 square feet, with each of the ascending ten levels being just a little smaller than the previous. The top is capped with a rectangular temple, which brings the entire structure to six feet tall.
Along the edges, Mellet and his team carefully carved rows of tiny steps along with tiny temple climbers and guards, also made from chocolate. The top of the temple is even decorated with a tiny chocolate Mayan sculpture, set behind chocolate pillars.
The record-breaking sculpture will be on display at the Qzina Institute of Chocolate and Pastry in Irvine, California from June 4th until the end of the Mayan calendar – December 21, 2012 – after which, we hope it will be eaten.