Record-Setting-Chocolate Rabbits and Easter Egg Hunts
Easter may come in second place when it comes to candy sales -- it's outsold by Halloween, the busiest candy-selling holiday of the year -- but it certainly makes up for it by inspiring people to make giant, record-breaking chocolate eggs and rabbits. I don't know about you, but I've never seen a 30-foot-tall Frankenstein statue made completely out of chocolate.
Here are five impressive Easter Guinness World Records:
Largest chocolate egg
The world's largest chocolate Easter egg weighed a grand total of 14,197 pounds and 12 ounces. Made by the international supermarket chain Supermercados Imperatriz Ltda and food company Nestlé on April 3, 2010. The giant, edible, solid-chocolate egg was put on display at the Beiramar Shopping Center in Sao Jose, Brazil.
Largest chocolate rabbit
The largest rabbit made completely out of chocolate was 12 feet, 5 inches tall and weighed 6,635 pounds and 91 ounces. The massive rabbit was made by the South African branch of Duracell -- the battery company with a pink energizer bunny as its spokesperson -- in Gauteng, South Africa, on March 19, 2010.
Largest Easter egg hunt
A total of 9,753 children searched for 501,000 plastic, pastel-colored eggs during the world's largest Easter egg hunt. The hunt was held at the Cypress Gardens Adventure Park in Winter Haven, Fla., on April 1, 2007.
Largest Easter egg tree
In Germany and Austria, it's a popular Easter traditional to hang decorated, hollowed-out eggs from tree branches. On April 8 2007, the Rostock Zoo in Rostock, Germany, set a new Guinness World Record by decorating a tree with 76,596 painted eggs.
Largest decorated Easter egg
The largest decorated Easter egg was made on March 8, 2008 by the Freeport Outlet Center in Alcochete, Portugal. The egg stood 48 feet 6 inches tall and was 27 feet 6 inches in diameter. It took workers six weeks to build the yellow plastic egg, which they topped off with a blue bow.
The previous record holder for the largest decorated Easter egg was made by the chocolate manufacturer Guylian on March 24, 2005 in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. The egg was constructed using 50,000 wrapped Guylian chocolate bars, or about 4,300 pounds of chocolate.
Twenty-six of the company's master confectioners worked continuously for eight days to create the giant brown chocolate egg, which was 27 feet, 3 inches tall and 21 feet wide -- and topped off with a massive yellow bow.
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