Blankenberge has a world record: Francis and Michel De Buck of tea room Au Pingouin built the largest wafer tower in the world. The brothers stacked no less than thirty waffles to a height of 91.5 centimeters. The previous record was 87 centimeters. Now we have to wait and see whether Guiness recognizes the record, although that will normally be fine.
Breaking the record seems easier than it actually is. Guiness World Records has a number of specific and strict requirements that candidates must meet. For example, the wafers had to be of a precise size – a minimum surface area of 12.7 by 12.7 centimeters – and no binder or skewer could be used. The waffles also had to be on one tower. So building a pyramid or structure was out of the question. “It is important to bake the bottom waffles very firmly. We leave it in the iron a little longer, ”says Francis.
First, all wafers were placed side by side and compared. A tower was then built based on the weight of each wafer. “We had to stack very precisely for stability. We also let each wafer cool down a bit, so that the hot vapors do not make the tower unstable. ” (read more below the video)
In the end, the record was narrowly broken: the brothers built a 91.5-centimeter tower with thirty wafers. “The discharge is very large,” said Francis afterwards. “The bottom wafer carries a heavy weight for almost an hour. That’s why it got even more exciting. I don’t realize it yet, but I’m so glad it worked out. We have been working on this for months. ”
Francis and Michel got the idea when they recently installed their new waffle irons. “When we tested the new recipe, we started stacking waffles because we baked en masse. We soon wondered what the world record was, ”says Michel. “The previous record was 87 centimeters. That seemed doable to us. After trying it out, we became convinced that we could break the world record. ” (read more under the photo)
The record attempt had to be fully recorded according to Guinness rules, because the request to claim the actual world record is only now being made. The entire attempt was filmed. So a bit of nail biting, although the brothers are convinced that they will actually be awarded the record. “It would be great for our business. We have followed all the rules very carefully. In any case, we now feel like world record holders (laugh).”