Heston Blumenthal makes ice cream dream in Gloucester Park
TV chef Heston Blumenthal performed his latest hair-brained stunt in front of hundreds of ice cream fans at Gloucester Park on Saturday.
The real-life Willy Wonka was hoping his giant ice cream would be a new world record - and his four metre effort complete with flake and sprinkles smashed it by 1.5 metres.
A ton of vanilla ice cream was dropped onto a cone made of coca-cola flavoured waffles. Excited children were then plucked from the watching crowd to fire sprinkles and strawberry sauce at the giant 99 cone from laser-guided canons.
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Elsewhere a Banksy-style picture of Heston Blumenthal was spotted on a Gloucester wall by TiG reader Simon Barrett.
The mad-cap stunt is to be shown on Channel Four later this year as part of his new series. In it, he mixes culinary skills with engineering brilliance and amazing science to recreate our favourite food memories.
Gloucester based ice cream manufacturers Walls were drafted in to offer expert advice on making sure the project went off without a hitch - despite warm sunshine and a flock of seagulls threatening to derail the amazing effort.
Dave Baker, project manager at Walls in Gloucester, said: "It has been a much bigger challenge than we ever anticipated, mainly because it was so hard to freeze it through the middle.
"We were all under strict instructions not too give anything away before the big day and the exact ingredients are a closely guarded secret."
Speaking as the giant ice cream cone was unveiled, Heston said: "Walls have done an amazing job to get the ice cream in that size and it has been a nerve wracking experience for everyone.
"We were a bit worried about the seagulls so we covered the cone with a white tarpaulin cover. It has been difficult with the weather as we didn't want it too warm or any rain but we have just about got away with it.
"I've got a message for kids out there, if your mums and dads ever tell you the ice cream chimes mean the van has run out of ice creams - it is not true!"
For the full story and more photos, see Monday's Citizen.