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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

World Record Academy

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

CBRiveras

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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84 Years Ago Today: Goodbye Prohibition!
A huge queue outside the Board of Health offices in Centre Street, New York, for licenses to sell alcohol shortly after the repeal of prohibition. The repeal of prohibition was a key policy of Franklin Roosevelt's government as it allowed the government an opportunity to raise tax revenues at a time of economic hardship.
A huge queue outside the Board of Health offices in Centre Street, New York, for licenses to sell alcohol shortly after the repeal of prohibition. The repeal of prohibition was a key policy of Franklin Roosevelt's government as it allowed the government an opportunity to raise tax revenues at a time of economic hardship.
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It was 84 years ago today that the Twenty-First Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, repealing the earlier Amendment that declared the manufacture, sale, and transport of alcohol illegal in the United States. Prohibition was over! Booze that had been illegal for 13 years was suddenly legal again, and our long national nightmare was finally over.


A giant barrel of beer, part of a demonstration against prohibition in America.
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Prohibition of alcohol was not a popular doctrine. It turned formerly law-abiding citizens into criminals. It overwhelmed police with enforcement duties and gave rise to organized crime. In cities like Milwaukee and St. Louis, the dismantling of breweries left thousands of people unemployed.


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Homemade alcohol was often dangerous and some people died from drinking it. Some turned to Sterno or industrial alcohol, which was dangerous and sometimes poisoned by the government to discourage drinking. State and federal governments were spending a lot of money on enforcement, while missing out on taxes from alcohol.


New York City Deputy Police Commissioner John A. Leach (right) watches agents pour liquor into sewer following a raid during the height of Prohibition.

The midterm elections of 1930 saw the majority in Congress switch from Republican to Democratic, signaling a shift in public opinion about Prohibition as well as concerns about the depressed economy. Franklin Roosevelt, who urged repeal, was elected president in 1932. The Twenty-first Amendment to the Constitution was proposed by Congress in February of 1933, the sole purpose of which was to repeal the Eighteenth Amendment establishing Prohibition.


American men guarding their private beer brewing hide-out, during Prohibition.
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With passage of the Constitutional Amendment to repeal Prohibition a foregone conclusion, a huge number of businessmen lined up at the Board of Health offices in New York in April of 1933 to apply for liquor licenses to be issued as soon as the repeal was ratified.

The Amendment was ratified by the states by the mechanism of special state ratifying conventions instead of state legislatures. Many states ratified the repeal as soon as conventions could be organized. The ratifications by the required two-thirds of the states was achieved on December 5, 1933, when conventions in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Utah agreed to repeal Prohibition through the Amendment.


Workmen unloading crates of beer stacked at a New York brewery shortly after the repeal of Prohibition.
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A brewery warehouse in New York stacked crates past the ceiling to satisfy a thirsty nation after the repeal of Prohibition.


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Liquor wouldn't officially be legal until December 15th, but Americans celebrated openly anyway, and in most places, law enforcement officials let them.

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Say ‘Cheers’ to the Holidays With This 24-Bottle Wine Advent Calendar
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This year, eschew your one-tiny-chocolate-a-day Advent calendar and count down to Christmas the boozy way. An article on the Georgia Straight tipped us off to New District’s annual wine Advent calendars, featuring 24 full-size bottles.

Each bottle of red, white, or sparkling wine is hand-picked by the company’s wine director, with selections from nine different countries. Should you be super picky, you can even order yourself a custom calendar, though that will likely add to the already-high price point. The basic 24-bottle order costs $999 (in Canadian dollars), and if you want to upgrade from cardboard boxes to pine, that will run you $100 more.

If you can’t quite handle 24 bottles (or $999), the company is introducing a 12-bottle version this year, too. For $500, you get 12 reds, whites, rosés, and sparkling wines from various unnamed “elite wine regions.”

With both products, each bottle is numbered, so you know exactly what you should be drinking every day if you really want to be a stickler for the Advent schedule. Whether you opt for 12 or 24 bottles, the price works out to about $42 per bottle, which is somewhere in between the “I buy all my wines based on what’s on sale at Trader Joe’s” level and “I am a master sommelier” status.

If you want to drink yourself through the holiday season, act now. To make sure you receive your shipment before December 1, you’ll need to order by November 20. Get it here.

[h/t the Georgia Straight]

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