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Longest Chocolate Train
Rachel Tepper - writer & editor

Rachel Tepper

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A new Guinness World Record was set in Belgium by Maltese master chocolatier Andrew Farrugia, who unveiled the world's longest chocolate structure at Brussels Chocolate Week.

Longest Chocolate Train

Farrugia's creation was a detailed steam-powered locomotive, rendered in 2,755 pounds of Belgian chocolate, that stretched 111.5 feet (34 meters) long and took 784 hours to complete. Farrugia explained how he thought up the concept to several press outlets:

"I had this idea for a while, and I said what do you think if we do this realization of a long chocolate train, you know, because a train you can make it as long as you like... 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."

The train's many components include seven wagons modeled after modern Belgian trains. The remaining trains recall Belgium's older train wagons, including one with a bar and restaurant.

Most of the structure was constructed in Farrugia's home country, but the world record almost wasn't -- many pieces were damaged in transit to Brussels. Farrugia managed to reconstruct the trouble spots in time for the train's debut.

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