There is officially a new world record for how much ice cream can be stacked onto a single cone. Italy's Dimitri Panciera has claimed the title of Guinness World Record Holder for his ability to stack a whopping 121 scoops of ice cream onto a cone.
UPI reports that Panciera was able to complete this balancing feat at the annual Gelatimo ice-cream festival in Forno di Zoldo. In order to do this, he had to use a cone with a diameter of 3.74 inches or less, and balance the ice cream for at least 10 seconds. That doesn’t sound like a long time until you are standing on a tightrope, which is probably what this felt like with all of the cameras. You'll see what I mean in the video below. No pressure!
The previous scoop-balancing master was none other than Panciera himself. That record was 109. They say you should only strive to be better than the person you were yesterday. Panciera took this quite literally, it seems. But it doesn't stop there. He must have a serious love for ice cream, because he also holds the world record for creating the world's largest ice cream scoop. This colossal scoop measures 6 feet 4.7 inches long, 10.8 inches wide and 6.6 inches deep. Basically, that scoop of ice cream is larger than most children.
In the video below, posted by Guinness World Records, you can see the process of stacking the scoops onto the cone. Panciera is moving quickly, while spectators arrive to watch, but even with his quick moves the video has to be sped up, because it takes a long time to put 121 scoops of ice cream onto a cone. It doesn't seem like he has too difficult a time balancing the many scoops for more than 10 seconds either. He's either very practiced or just good at making it look easy.
The secret, Panciera says, is to use the local artisan ice cream. If you want to try and challenge this master of ice cream, at least try and use the homemade stuff to level the playing field.