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The Largest Versions of 8 Delicious Foods

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1. Pizza

The world’s largest commercially available pizza didn’t come from New York City or Chicago. The prize actually goes to the Dirt Road Cookers in San Antonio, Texas, who broke the record this past August. Their pizza was more than 46 square feet, and weighed 100 pounds. But that’s small time compared to the 26,883-pound pizza made by South Africa’s Norwood Hypermarket in 1990. Or the more than 51,000-pound, gluten-free pizza created by Dovilio Nardi, an Italian, in 2012. Because pizza lovers are apparently very specific, theses pizzas can all call themselves world-record holders.

While the Pizza Boss pizza cutter might not be able to handle a 51,000-pound pie, it should be much, much more than sufficient for any pizza you cook up in your home oven.

2. Chocolate Chip Cookie

Immaculate Baking Company

The world’s largest cookie was created by the Immaculate Baking Company in 2003. After eight months of planning—which included strategizing, building a special oven, test baking, and acquiring 40,000 pounds of ingredients—the bakers set to work in a field next to Immaculate Baking’s Flat Rock, N.C., store. The final product was 102 feet wide, beating the previous record holder by about 20 feet. Immaculate Baking sold pieces of the cookie for $10, with proceeds going toward the building of a folk artist museum.

For your own, potentially less epic, cookie-baking, try the new baking gift set from our store!

3. Pumpkin Pie

The New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers of New Bremen, Ohio, put those giant pumpkins to good use in 2010 when they created the world’s largest pumpkin pie. It was 20 feet in diameter and weighed nearly 3700 pounds, destroying New Bremen’s previous world record pie, which measured 12 feet and weighed a measly 2020 pounds.

This holiday season, try removing your pumpkin pies from the oven with the Poppin' Hot Oven Mitt.

4. Ice Cream Cone

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Officially, the world’s largest ice cream cone was made in Italy and was actually filled with gelato (of course). The internal part of the cone, which was 9 feet tall, consisted of a mix of wafer and white chocolate, and was then decorated with 2,000 round wafer biscuits. But according to reports, this record was beaten in 2012 by experimental chef Heston Blumenthal in Gloucester, England. His cone was a staggering 13 feet high and held more than 2,200 pounds of ice cream, leading to serious brain freeze.

Turn the work of making ice cream into play with the Ice Cream Ball ice cream maker. Good luck making 2,200 pounds!

5. Salad

Who said being the world’s biggest meant you had to be unhealthy? The largest salad was created by more than 600 volunteers in Crete, Greece, and weighed almost 30,000 pounds. In true Greek style, the fixings included tomatoes, cucumber, onions, green peppers, feta cheese, olive oil, oregano, and salt. In other salad news, the dining services team at the University of Massachusetts made the world’s largest fruit salad this month, weighing in at nearly 7000 pounds. The salad included basic fruit, like grapes and apples, as well as lychee and dragonfruit. I wonder if those college kids still opted for cheese fries in the dining hall?

Try fixing up your own healthy goodness in style with the Hands on Salad Bowl.

6. Burrito

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For some of us, burritos are big enough as is. But that didn’t stop CANIRAC La Paz, in Mexico, from creating one that weighed nearly 13,000 pounds in 2010. The burrito was filled with fish, onion, chile, and refried beans. Most impressive? It was made from a single flour tortilla and required 3,000 volunteers to fill and roll it.

Use the colorful Nest 9 Plus stacking prep bowls to serve up all the fixin's for your next giant burrito night!

7. Cupcakes

The bakers at Georgetown Cupcake in Washington, D.C.—who also have their own TLC reality show, DC Cupcakes—hold the record for the world’s largest cupcake. It weighed more than 2,500 pounds, stood at 3 feet tall, and was 56 inches in diameter. The oven and pan used to bake the cupcake were both custom made for the endeavor, which was featured on an hour-long DC Cupcakes episode.

We can't promise you your own reality show, but we can show you this Batterfinger spatula that comes in handy when you want to sample the batter of your own homemade treats!

8. Cocktail

After all that big food, what could be more perfect than a giant margarita to wash it down? The “Calarita Margarita,” a concoction made by Nick Nicora in Sacramento, California, consisted of 2100 gallons of Jose Cuervo tequila, 4 gallons of Cointreau, 2800 gallons of margarita mix, 75 40-pound bags of ice, 5190 gallons of water, and 50 gallons of lime juice. A 30-foot-tall “cocktail shaker” was also crafted for the event. Nicora has been trying his hand at big food for a few years now: he helped create a 777-pound, 1.3 million-calorie hamburger in 2011.

Become a mad scientist of mixology yourself with the Chemistry Cocktail Set!

These and plenty more BIG time fun, geeky products for the Smart Chef in the Foodie section of the Floss online store! Plus free shipping this week on orders over $50!

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7 Surprising Uses for Tequila
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Happy National Tequila Day! While you could celebrate by having a few drinks, you could also skip the hangover by unlocking one of tequila's amazing abilities outside of a glass. Many spirits are useful for activities beyond sipping (vodka, for example, is a great stain and odor remover), but tequila holds some particularly magical powers. Here are just a few of them.

1. SYNTHETIC BAUBLE

In 2008, a team of scientists in Mexico discovered that when the heated vapor from an 80-proof tequila blanco was combined with a silicon or stainless steel substrate, it resulted in the formation of diamond films. These films can be used in commercial applications, such as electrical insulators, or to create one big fake diamond. Who knew that spending $50 on a bottle of Don Julio was such a wise investment?

2. ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCE

Keeping with the science theme: In 2011, researchers at England’s University of Oxford suggested that we may one day be gassing up our cars with tequila. They identified agave, the plant from which tequila is produced, as a potential biofuel source—and a particularly attractive one, as the plant itself is not consumed by humans and can thrive in desert climates.

3. WEIGHT LOSS SUPPLEMENT

Scientists have long promoted the potential benefits of the agave plant for its ability to help dissolve fats and lower cholesterol. The bad news? These properties get a bit diluted when the plant is distilled into alcohol. Even more so when it's whipped into a sugary margarita.

4. SLEEP AID

Take three or more shots of tequila and you’re bound to pass out. A single shot can have the same effect—just not in that drunken stupor kind of way. Relaxation is one of the positive side effects of tequila drinking; a small amount (1 to 1.5 ounces) before bedtime can reportedly help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.

5. COLON CLEANSER

Too much of a good thing may not bring a welcome turn of events for your liver … but your colon will thank you! Researchers at Mexico’s University of Guadalajara have identified the blue agave as a potentially helpful source for delivering drugs to the colon in order to treat colitis, IBS, Crohn’s disease and even cancer.

6. DIABETES PREVENTATIVE

If Ernest Hemingway had known about the healing properties of tequila, his signature drink might have been a margarita instead of a daiquiri. In 2010, experiments conducted at Mexico’s Polytechnic Institute of Guanajuato revealed that the agave plant (which is high in fructans, a fructose polymer) could stimulate the GLP-1 hormone, aiding in increased insulin production.

7. COLD REMEDY

“Plenty of liquids” is a well-known remedy for getting oneself out from under the weather. But expanding that definition to include a kicked-up shot of tequila makes a day laid out on the couch sound much more appealing. In the 1930s, doctors in Mexico recommended the following concoction to fight off a cold.

.5 ounce of tequila blanco
.5 ounce of agave nectar (to eliminate bacteria and soothe sore throats)
.5 ounce of fresh lime juice (for Vitamin C) 

Though some people (including tequila companies) swear by its healing powers, others say it's hogwash.

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