Saturday, November 24, 2012

Chocolate and Trains: A Winning and World Record Combination

What could be better than a train carrying a load of chocolate? A train made of chocolate! At least, that's the way it seems to me--someone who likes chocolate and trains.

It must have seemed that way to Andrew Farrugia of Malta, too. Farrugia, a master chocolatier, has created a 34 metre long (111 feet) chocolate train that weighs 1,250 kilograms (2,755 pounds).

The train, on display at the Brussels, Belgium South Station, took nearly three months to create. It has been confirmed by the Guinness World Records as the longest chocolate structure in the world.

Like many a model railroader whose layout ended up bigger than first planned, Farrugia wasn't planning to make the train that large.

"Actually it was going to be much smaller than it was, but I kept on adding another wagon, and another wagon, and it's the size it is today,"" he said.

Meanwhile, in what might be related news, a truck carrying 18 tons of chocolate was stolen in Austria this past week.

According to a story in USA Today, someone with forged documents drove a truck to a factory in Bludenz, had the truck loaded with chocolate destined for the Czech Republic--then disappeared. The theft was only discovered when the real truck showed up.

Maybe they want to make an even bigger chocolate train in that country.

Click here to see a video of the chocolate train.

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