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Sweet! Guinness World Record broken in Rochester

Bridging the Gap, a faith-based organization in Minneapolis, broke the record for largest doughnut wall on Saturday at the Mayo Civic Center.

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The doughnut wall that now holds the Guinness World Record for largest doughnut wall in Mayo Civic Center in Rochester Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022.
Abby Sharpe / Post Bulletin
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ROCHESTER – The Med City is now in the Guinness world record book as the site where a record was shattered Saturday morning, Oct. 1, 2022.

Bridging the Gap, a woman's faith organization based in Minneapolis, hosted Thrive Conference at Mayo Civic Center this weekend. As a part of the festivities was a plan to break the Guinness world record for largest doughnut wall.

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Spencer Cammarano, the official Guinness World Records adjudicator, stepped on stage shortly after 9 a.m.

“We’ll get right to it – no need to wait any longer,” she began. “The current record to beat is 1,201 doughnuts. And you all have achieved 3,000.”

As the crowd cheered, Cammarano continued: “I can officially say, congratulations, you are officially amazing.”

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Confetti shot out from the stage onto the crowd as it celebrated.

The 3,000 doughnuts used were donated courtesy of Hi Quality Bakery in Cannon Falls, Minnesota.

Matt Shelton of Hi Quality Bakery said the bakery was contacted early in the summer about making the doughnuts for the attempt.

It’s the largest order Shelton and his team have undertaken for doughnuts, but not the bakery’s first rodeo with large orders.

“The closest is when we made, decorated and donated over 525 graduation cakes in 2020,” Shelton said.

The entire process of making the doughnuts – weighing ingredients, mixing, frying, glazing or icing, and packaging – took Shelton and three other staff members about 15 hours to complete. The team started fulfilling the large order early Thursday morning.

Shelton estimated the cost for the 500 pounds of extra ingredients, as well as labor, packaging, delivery and custom napkins, at $3,000. The bakery donated the doughnuts at no cost for the event.

The doughnuts were decorated strategically: about 600 of the doughnuts were topped with white icing and sprinkles, and the remaining donuts were glazed.

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Before setting up the record-setting wall of doughnuts, Shelton said, “They will be strategically placed on the wall to make a design with the 20% of doughnuts that are white, and the glazed will be the background of the design.”

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A close up of the doughnut wall at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022.
Abby Sharpe / Post Bulletin

Abby Sharpe joined the Post Bulletin in February 2022 after graduating from Arizona State University with a sports journalism degree. While at ASU, she created short- and long-form stories for audio and digital. Readers can reach Abby at 507-285-7723 or asharpe@postbulletin.com.
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