An Austrian chocolatier has claimed the Guinness World Record for the tallest chocolate fountain, beating the previous winner in Las Vegas by 14 feet.
The record-breaking chocolate waterfall, reportedly measuring 12.27 metres (40.25 feet) in height, was constructed at the Pralinenwelt (Pralines World) chocolate centre in the town of Allhaming in the Austrian state of Upper Austria.
According to Guinness, Helmut Wenschitz is “one of Austria’s leading maitre chocolatiers” who has been producing chocolates, pralines and other delicacies at his confectionery since 1990.
Wenschitz created the beautifully-designed fountain in the lobby of his popular chocolate factory.
His heralded fountain beat the previous record holder, found in the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas in the American state of Nevada.
The former world-record fountain was just over 26-foot tall, meaning that Wenschitz’s chocolate waterfall beat it by a whopping 14 feet.
According to local media, a tonne of delicious dark chocolate flows non-stop through the fountain at Pralines World.
Wenschitz said: “It’s a vision that I have had for a long time. I wanted to create something that attracts visitors and where I can share our knowledge.”
He also plans to his use his centre to train other budding chocolatiers, saying: “From May we will be offering courses in our academy for beginners, intermediates and experts.
Wenschitz commented: “In terms of chocolate quality, I think that we have not yet reached our optimum point.
“Like with wine, connoisseurs continually want to know more about production and techniques.”
Pralines World is open from Monday to Saturday with adult tickets costing 11.50 EUR (9.9 GBP).