Bakers create world’s longest baguette (and smother it in Nutella)

A team of bakers smashed the record for the world's longest baguette on Sunday, smothering the 120-metre loaf with Nutella.

Bakers create world's longest baguette (and smother it in Nutella)
Photo: Nutella
The record was broken at the Milan Expo in Italy, where a team of 60 French and Italian bakers spent seven hours working on the loaf.
The 120-meter-long stick had to be cooked in a special self-propelled oven, which moved the dough along, baking it in 20 metre segments.

Once cooked, the giant baguette was then smeared with Nutella in honour of Ferrero, which makes the famous chocolate spread and sponsored the world-record attempt.

The previous record of 111 meters had been set in 2006 at the Big C Supercenter in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Paolo Fulci of Ferrero was delighted that an Italian and French team had achieved the feat after this summer's 'Nutellagate' controversy – when France's ecology minister Segolene Royal offended Italy by saying the chocolate spread was bad for the environment.

“Not everyone knows how popular Nutella is in France, it sells more there than it does in Italy,” Fulci told Ansa.

Fulci described the attempt as “another tunnel between our two countries: except this one is stuffed with Nutella.”

The 2015 food-themed Expo in Milan has seen a number of world records broken for giant food, including the world's longest pizza.

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No health risks behind halt on Nutella production, says France

French authorities said Friday that there appeared to be no health risks behind the decision to halt production of Nutella at a plant in Normandy, the world's largest factory making the prized chocolate-and-hazelnut spread.

No health risks behind halt on Nutella production, says France
Photo: AFP
Nutella's Italian owner Ferrero, whose products also include Ferrero Rocher chocolates, on Wednesday said it had suspended production at the site as a precautionary measure.
“As far as I am aware at the moment, there is no health problem,” French Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume told CNews. “From what I know, this is an economic problem.”
The Villers-Ecalles site in Normandy produces around 600,000 jars a day, or about a quarter of all the Nutella made worldwide.
Photo: AFP
Ferrero's France affiliate said it had discovered a quality defect in one of the ingredients used for making Nutella as well as Kinder Bueno candy bars.
The manufacturer said the defect was not related to its standards of quality.
“For now, we can say no products currently on the market are impacted by the situation and that the supply to our customers continues without interruption,” the company said.
The Ferrero group, with 30,000 employees and 22 production sites around the globe, also makes Kinder surprise eggs and chocolate bars as well as Tic Tac mints.