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Kariokes, The Traditional Cake That Landed A World Record For Greece
Originally made to repurpose holiday cookies and cakes, kariokes are crescent-shaped Greek chocolates made with bites of walnuts and crunchy biscuit crumbs.
Recipes call for fine-quality chocolate melted with butter and flavored with vanilla, sweetened condensed milk, and cinnamon. Cognac, cocoa powder, and honey are often added.
After the mixture is rolled and flattened, the mound is chilled in the freezer. Sliced hunks are then dipped in melted couverture, a smooth chocolate containing cocoa butter.
Xanthi, a city in northern Greece, is home to confectioners responsible for assembling the world's largest karioka cake,
as certified by Guinness
World Records in 2016.
The winning chocolate cake weighed close to 845 pounds and required 24 sets of hands to put together. After the title, attendees were able to sample
a piece of the massive cake.