July 3, 2012 at 8:52 AM ET
Here's something to cool you off: England’s experimental chef Heston Blumenthal recently unveiled his latest masterpiece -- a 13-foot ice cream cone.
The massive treat was presented this weekend in Gloucester, in the southwest region of England. Crowds arrived to catch a glimpse of it and get a taste. Samples were handed out to the masses from workers who carved ice cream off the top while standing on scaffolding attached to a crane.
The top scoop weighed nearly a ton and took an entire month to freeze and was so large it had to be moved onto the cone using a fork lift. Once it was in place, rainbow sprinkles and strawberry sauce was arranged inside cannon-like instruments around the outside of the cone. Assistants attempted to catapult the toppings onto the ice cream, though most of it failed to stick. They were able to place a bar made of thinly folded milk chocolate.
Arriving at the event in a vintage ice cream truck, Heston told the U.K.’s Daily Mail that she wanted to "smash" the existing record.
The stunt was filmed for Heston’s TV show, “Heston’s Big Idea." Heston is known for creating bacon and egg ice cream in his restaurant The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, which boasts three Michelin stars and was voted the best restaurant in the world in 2005 by Restaurant magazine.
The ice cream was donated by Wall’s, a popular manufacturer of ice cream in the U.K. responsible for the creation of popular brands like Magnum and Cornetto.
Whether the cone is record-breaking has yet to be officially confirmed. According to Guinness World Records, the largest ice cream cone to date was constructed by Italians Mirco Della Vecchia and Andrea Andrighetti in 2011. It measured over 9 feet in height - 4 feet shorter than Heston’s.
TODAY.com contributor Jillian Eugenios thinks there should be more cannons that fire rainbow sprinkles.