Cousins set biscuit world record
For people with a sweet tooth, a giant biscuit is probably the foodstuff of dreams but one has also secured two cousins a world record.
Paul Thacker, 30, and Simon Morgan, 32, from Nottingham had their giant custard cream assessed by adjudicators as part of Guinness World Record Day and set a new record for largest cream biscuit.
They put their mammoth 59cm long and 39cm wide creation on eBay with the hope of raising £100 for Children in Need and have already exceeded that target as eight bidders raised the total to £118, even with another four days left on the auction.
Mr Morgan, a polythene factory manager from West Bridgford, said the idea stemmed from baking large biscuits with his three children.
It took Mr Morgan and Mr Thacker, who is executive chef at the Park Plaza Hotel in Maid Marian Way, 11 and a half hours to make the giant custard cream in the restaurant's kitchens, even without a first attempt before baking began.
"It all came together really quickly and it was only really three weeks ago we said we should do something for Children in Need and got in touch with Guinness," Mr Morgan said.
Mr Morgan said his attention to detail and Mr Thacker's knowledge as a chef made the record-breaking biscuit look and taste just like the original.
He said: "It's turned out exactly how we wanted it. We had some of the mixture left over and it tasted great, we even gave some of that to the Guinness World Records adjudicator."
A regular custard cream measures 3.5cm x 4.5cm and weighs 12.5g, so the 15.73kg biscuit easily broke the record requirement that it be 10 times as big.
A spokeswoman for Guinness World Records confirmed the creation had broken the record for largest cream biscuit.