(Photo: Peter Morehand)
This Tuesday, Manischewitz daringly went where no other matzo maker has ever gone. The company attempted to bake (or should we say build?) the largest matzo in history — 336 times a regular matzo sheet — in honor of the opening of its new headquarters, in Newark, N.J. Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz (pictured above), chief rabbi of Manischewitz, shows us just how big the giant matzo was (that’s a regular sheet of matzo his holding, folks). Israel’s chief rabbi, Yona Metzger, blessed the plant and the town’s mayor, Cory A. Booker, joined the event. The matzo, which was baked in a 200-foot-long oven, was divided up after the ceremony for everyone to sample.
Manischewitz is currently in the process of registering the matzo with the Guinness World Records, which will decide if it’s actually the biggest ever made. So what does it take to make a claim of the world’s largest matzo? See the details, below.
Flour: 27.6 lbs.
Water: 8.3 lbs.
Total weight of matzo: 25.3 lbs.
Width: 41 in.
Length: 24 ft.
Surface area: 11,808 sq. in. (82 sq. ft.)
Baking temperature: 620°F
Cooking time: 204 seconds
Handlers required: 6 people