According to Guinness, by way of Today I Found Out, it’s the question they get asked the most:
What happens to all of that ginormous food that’s built specifically to get into the Guinness Book of World Records?
As of 2011, Guinness has upheld a policy that prohibits any food from being wasted. In order for a record to be recognized as official, all food — whether it’s the Worlds Largest Burger or the large number of pizzas consumed in 60 seconds — must be either donated, consumed or sold for consumption in order to prevent a large amount of food waste.
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That means that the food being consumed has to be edible. Oh, that nearly 800 pound burger you created wasn’t fully cooked inside? Step aside and try again. (True story).
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Another stipulation of making your world record stick: your food, no matter how giant, must still resemble the food you’re imitating. Take for example Snapple. They tried to build a record setting popsicle in New York in the midst of summer. Long story short: the popsicle melted, thousands of liters of melted goo created a small flood, and they were defeated.
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