Tuesday, May 10, 2011

DQ: World's Largest Ice Cream Cake

Toronto watched anxiously as Dairy Queen finished their giant creation in Yonge-Dundas Square, and then the Guinness World Record was announced for the World’s Largest Ice Cream Cake. Weighing a massive 22,343 pounds the cool spring temperatures would help to keep it from melting as an army of Dairy Queen personnel started to carve up the cake to hand it out to the many thousands of people in the Square – for free. Carlton the Toronto Maple Leaf's mascot looked like he was going to jump into the cake.
Dairy Queen undertook the major capital work project on May 10, 2011 to help celebrate their 30th anniversary. I think anyone that could get away for lunch and head down to the square was there to get some delicious cake. They called this: ‘DQ Project World’. The line of people wound around the cake and along Yonge Street and then along Dundas Street. No less that the World’s Largest Cake could feed the appreciative fans waiting for their piece of the promised cake.
The record has stood since 2006 (January in BeijingChina) so it was time for a new World Champion. Now I wish they could have done the World’s Largest Hamburger on this day as well, and then we could have had a full lunch!

Update: The DQ people couldn't get people served fast enough. Just after 3:00pm hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds of melting ice cream was pulled off the stage and moved into a truck for disposal while hundreds of hungry people asked for ice cream still waiting in the lineup. I was disappointed not to get any and cried. Luckily I found a Starbucks who are having a half off Frappuccino sale (Frappuccino Happy Hour) - May 6-15 between 3 and 5pm.
Workers remove the last large slab of cake off the stage

See more pictures after the jump.

Finishing off the icing along the side of the cake
Cutting into the cake
The crowds were ready to eat as they waited in line along Yonge and Dundas Streets.

Getting rid of melting ice cream
The hungry crowds depart without ice cream while workers cleaned the sloppy area with shovels.

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