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Last Updated: Monday, 18 October, 2004, 18:53 GMT 19:53 UK
Cyprus villagers make giant sweet
The giant loukoumi is uncovered
The giant sweet weighed in at just over 2.5 tonnes
Greek Cypriots are hoping to claim a world record for the biggest-ever slab of the regional delicacy known in English as Turkish Delight.

The chewy sweet is known as loukoumi in Greek and lokum in Turkish, though Greek Cypriots also market it under the name "Cyprus Delight".

Cooks in the village of Geroskipou, near Paphos, worked for three days to produce 2,543kg of it.

The current world record of 2,349kg was set by an Australian-Turk in 1997.

The sweet is made from gelatine or corn starch, sugar, honey and fruit juice, and is often tinted pink or green.

I can say that this is the biggest thing ever to happen to Geroskipou
Cook Georgos Gavriel

Chopped nuts - almonds, pistachio nuts, pine nuts or hazelnuts - are also frequently added.

Once firm, it is cut into small squares and coated with icing sugar.

"It is made of very pure ingredients and does invigorate people," Georgos Gavriel, one of the cooks, told Reuters news agency.

"It tones you up. And according to our fathers and grandfathers it is very good for sex," Mr Gavriel added.

The Guinness Book of Records names the current record-holder as Bahattin Petuzuen, of Auburn, assisted by his two sons on 19 September 1997.


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The unveiling of the giant Turkish Delight



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