AVENTURA, Fla. – (Oct. 8, 2013) – Aventura Mall, Miami’s premier shopping destination, created the Largest Chocolate Mousse in history at its annual Chocolate Festival on Sunday, Oct. 6. Totaling 496 pounds, the dessert was submitted to Guinness World Records. The event raised thousands of dollars for the Children’s Craniofacial Association, a national non-profit organization that addresses the medical, financial, emotional, and educational concerns of children with craniofacial conditions.

Aventura Mall shoppers watched as Executive Chefs Rick Chiavari from Turnberry Ocean Colony and Danny Malone from Turnberry Isle Miami led the effort to beat the previous 313-pound world record set in France in 2010. The gigantic dessert took five hours to complete and outweighed the existing record by 183 pounds. Once weighed, the hefty mousse was served to a long line of hungry shoppers.

Throughout the day, shoppers also indulged in sweet treats from some of South Florida’s most popular restaurants and chocolatiers. Culinary crafts for children, giveaways and raffles provided family-friendly entertainment.

Chocolate Festival participants included Color Me Mine/Alisa's Painted Bistro BC Café/Tacos, Churro Mania, Clarabelles, Crepemaker, Dolce Peccati, Fireman Derricks Pies, Florida International University, Ft. Lauderdale Art Institute, Mariners Sand Country Club, Munchcakes, P.A.C Pastries, Porto Vita, Sugar Yummy Momma, Sweet Tooth, Trazos Academy, The Daily Melt, Turnberry Isle Miami, Turnberry Ocean Colony and Veggie Express.

The Chocolate Festival was sponsored by Ann and Ari Deshe Foundation, BC Café, Gym Kidz, Hercules, Mark Gordon Foundation, Michael Klein Foundation and New York Bakeries.

The official results of Aventura Mall’s entry into the Guinness World Records will be announced within the next four to six weeks.

About Aventura Mall

Miami's #1 shopping destination among locals and international visitors, Aventura Mall ranks as one of the top five highest grossing malls in the country in sales per square foot. Anchored by Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Macy’s, Aventura Mall boasts 300 specialty stores, ranging from chic, internationally renowned names such as Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Emilio Pucci, Herve Leger, Burberry, Michael Kors, Breitling and Hugo Boss to many of the most popular and recognized retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Apple, and H&M. Aventura Mall is also home to 10 full-service restaurants and an exclusive contemporary art collection featuring 10 installations positioned throughout the shopping center.

Located at 19501 Biscayne Boulevard, the mall is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, Noon to 8 p.m. For more information call (305) 935-1110, visit online at Aventura Mall is owned and managed by Turnberry Associates.

19501 Biscayne Boulevard Aventura, Fl 33180 | 305-935-1110