Record-breaking Rocky Road reaches the ends of the earth

Published: 23 Sep 2019

A Guinness World Record has been broken by ‘big food’ enthusiast Matthew Williams and Christian development charity Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), who joined forces to create the world’s largest slab of Rocky Road.  

Partnering at a festival in East Sussex, a team of five volunteers from MAF – the world’s largest humanitarian airline – joined Matthew in the grounds of Wiston House near Steyning to crush 96kg of biscuits, melt 44kg of butter and mix in 46kg of marshmallows, 95kg of chocolate, 23kg of cherries and 36kg of golden syrup. 

The total weight of the record-breaking biscuit cake was an impressive 334.23kg, heavier than the weight of a grizzly bear or the equivalent of 473 ipads, 108,500 tea bags or half a cow. 

The reason for the team’s ambitious venture was to raise awareness of MAF’s humanitarian work across the developing world, highlighting how MAF aircraft reach isolated communities that are cut off by ‘rocky roads’ – or have no overland access at all. An MAF aircraft takes off or lands every four minutes to deliver lifesaving aid, medicine and relief personnel to help some of the world’s most vulnerable people. 

The historic challenge took the team two days to complete, working under the observation of independent witnesses and a Chartered Surveyor and meeting strict hygiene standards to achieve a Guinness World Record. In the shade of a gazebo, the seven bakers hand-crushed biscuits using rolling pins, melted chocolate and butter in huge chaffing dishes and added a total of 32 batches of mixtures in clean plastic tubs, ready to be set in the large hand-made mould overnight in a refrigerated van.

The team’s ambitious venture was to raise awareness of MAF’s humanitarian work... highlighting how MAF aircraft reach isolated communities that are cut off by ‘rocky roads’ – or have no overland access at all.

The final Rocky Road measured 3.1m in length, 1m in width and 0.14m in depth, and was cut into over 2,500 pieces which were sold to the public, raising a total of £3,415 towards MAF’s charitable work. 

Matthew, an entrepreneur and online marketer from Birmingham, has previously created 20 oversized culinary creations, including a 7.5m-long hot dog, a 20lb beef burger and a 7-foot trifle which fed 300 people. This is his first official World Record. 

Matthew said: 'This whole thing was about supporting MAF, raising awareness and feeding a lot of people! The process took almost six months to plan, we had to think carefully about how to source the right tools, keep the preparation safe and set the mixture to the correct size and temperature so it could be weighed and then sold to the public. But it was good fun, we really enjoyed it and the team were amazing.

The mega recipe included - 96kg of biscuits, 44kg of melted butter, 46kg of marshmallows, 95kg of chocolate, 23kg of cherries and 36kg of golden syrup. 

'The previous Rocky Road record was held by an Australian chocolatier at 261kg, made by 16 people in a factory with professional equipment. It’s impressive that just six of us have broken that record in a field in England. It’s really exciting!'

Formerly a Quantity Surveyor and owner of a catering company, Matthew is motivated by gathering communities and sharing food. He says; 'I really enjoy asking, "Can it be built and is it possible to eat it?" I love blessing my local community with big food and seeing people gather together – that’s what I’m most passionate about. Doing this challenge for a such a great cause really feels worthwhile. I’m really happy with how it turned out.'

The Rocky Road measured 3.1m in length, 1m in width and 0.14m in depth, and was cut into over 2,500 pieces!

MAF’s Marketing Manager Lucie Vass helped organise and publicise the Rocky Road event and is equally delighted to be part of the record-holding team. She said: 'We are always looking for creative ways to make MAF’s work better known, and this was a fun and delicious way of engaging with the public to share about what we do. We are so grateful to Matthew and all the volunteers who helped plan and make this ambitious project this happen. There was so much effort involved in achieving the World Record, and every kilo of the gigantic biscuit really will help our aircraft fly to the ends of the earth, overcoming rocky roads to help those in desperate need.'