An official attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest cannolo ever made will take place on Sunday, November 9 at 2 p.m. at the annual Feast of Little Italy at the Abacoa Town Center in Jupiter, FL. The current official Guinness database reflects a cannolo made in 2010 in Newburgh, NY that weighed in at 123 pounds. However, in July of this year, a bakery in Ontario, Canada prepared a cannolo that weighed in at 211 pounds and is currently under consideration by the Guinness organization. For this attempt, to surpass both, the team will assemble a cannolo that weighs 300 pounds and will be 12 feet in length.
The record attempt will involve three organizations coordinating efforts across three states. In addition to the team for Feast of Little Italy in Jupiter, Florida, Galbani Cheese, headquartered in Buffalo, NY, will supply 500 pounds of ricotta cheese. The Golden Cannoli Shells Company of Boston, MA will supply 200 pounds of dough for the cannolo shell. During the assembly, team members will be armed with over 100 bags of cannoli filling. Prior to final assembly, the cannolo shell dough will be mixed and fried in and shipped from Boston.
Jessica Ruth, spokesperson for Galbani Cheese, a company that has sponsored Feast of Little Italy since it began 12 years ago, said, “There’s a great deal of preparation involved with this and we’ve been working on it for the past five months. It’s going to take a lot of manpower and an equal amount of care to be sure that we achieve the record.”
The tri-state cannolo assembly team consists of over 60 members that have helped prepare the ingredients in advance of the actual record attempt date. On that day, however, there will be “Team Cannoli,” consisting of 20 people who will handle everything from prepping the pastry bags to handling and filling them and finally working together to weigh the ultimate product.
A Guinness representative will be onsite to certify the record.
Note: “Cannolo” in the Italian language is the singular form of “Cannoli.”
Sun., Nov. 9, 2 p.m., 2014