This Record-Setting Ice Cream Cone Has 121 Scoops
One hundred and twenty-one scoops of yummy ice cream piled on a cone and ready for gleeful consumption may seem like a gelato lover’s unrealizable fantasy, but thanks to the fast scooping, artful packing and impressive balancing skills of an Italian man named Dimitri Panciera, that dream is now a reality. A Guinness World Record setting reality, that is.
Panciera built his towering achievement at the annual Gelatimo ice-cream festival in Forno di Zoldo, Veneto, Italy, topping the previous record (a mere 109 scoops) for most scoops of ice cream balanced on a single cone, a record he had actually set himself. (He also holds the record for having built the world’s largest ice-cream scoop: 6 feet, 4.7 inches x 1 foot, 10.8 inches x 6.6 inches.)
As a few people looked on and the cameras rolled, capturing his every scoop, Panciera worked to pile as many scoops as he could on a cone no wider than 3.74 inches. Then he was required to balance his construction, which mixed flavors but seemed to rely heavily on a peach-colored ice cream, for at least 10 seconds. (The cone had a pointy bottom, so putting it down was clearly not an option.)
After the record had been set, he even took a few triumphant licks, which was especially impressive, given that he was wearing a white shirt. He credited the local artisanal ice cream with his success.
Honestly, if you’re going to try to set a world record, piling up ice cream scoops seems like a good one to shoot for. So much more pleasant to attempt than, say, growing the world’s longest fingernail. And of course, you definitely wouldn’t want to try for both those records at the same time!
Photo courtesy of @GWR