In the Walmart parking lot on West Hampden Avenue, after waiting a couple hours for rain and wind to pass, a crowd of onlookers witnessed a confectionary feat.
In front of them, internet personality and Colorado resident Matthew Beem built a massive ice cream cone, aiming to set a new world record.
At the moment of measurement, the giant treat stood 11 feet tall — surpassing the previous world record by about 11 inches, Beem said.
“We had some really crazy weather earlier and it seemed like everything was gonna fail, but the fact that everyone came together — even the people that just showed up to kind of spectate, they were even helping us,” Beem said. “So, it was really cool to see all of the team and community coming together, and then we ended up being able to accomplish it.”
The cone consisted of 100 pounds of waffle, 300 pounds of chocolate and over 1,000 pounds of vanilla ice cream, according to public relations representative Sonja Melin.
Beem’s team is submitting the achievement to the World Record Academy. The team hopes to receive confirmation soon about whether the cone is accepted as the database’s new record, Melin said.
The May 18 event took place in collaboration with Muddy Bites, a snack brand of bite-sized waffle cones filled with chocolate. The event commemorated the launch of Muddy Bites and its new chocolate cone white chocolate flavor launching in over 3,000 Walmart stores nationwide.
Beem, who has over 3.5 million subscribers on YouTube, partnered with Muddy Bites and made a video for his channel during the event. It will join his slate of other challenges and collaborations, including a video where he built a secret gaming room under a bed, and another where he filled his room with milk and cereal.
Beem’s presence was the main motivation for many who attended the event.
“I’m a big fan of him on YouTube,” said Highlands Ranch 5-year-old Noah Stevens.
Twelve-year-old Jadon Buchholz, of Englewood, was also excited to meet Beem.
“(His videos are) so creative and I’m really inspired by the hidden gaming room ones, in the stairs and under the bed,” he said.
Others in the crowd were ice cream-lovers who simply wanted to witness a historical moment.
“I saw an advertisement for it and, I mean, who doesn’t like ice cream?” said Glendale resident Jackson Hemmat “And (I) wanted to be part of … just the history, this is like a new thing, and stuff like this doesn’t always happen in our area. Normally, it’s the other major cities, so it’s cool to see something like this happening in Denver, in Englewood.”