The record for the world's largest chocolate sculpture was broken this week in Irvine, California.

Measuring 0.6 m (1 ft 11 in) in height, and 3.7 m by 3.7 m (12 ft by 12ft) at its base, the chocolate sculpture by Qzina Specialty Foods depicts the Kukulkan pyramid in Chichen Itza, Mexico.

The sculpture weighs 8,273.3 kg (18,239.5 lb), breaking the previous record 4,870 kg (10,736.5 lb).

Created by corporate chef Francois Mellet (France, USA), the chocolate pyramid was set up at the the Qzina Institute of Chocolate & Pastry.

Qzina plans to destroy the sculpture on 21 December 2012, when the Mayan calendar comes to an end.