Kneel to the smoothie king: UI's 330 gallons break record

CHAMPAIGN — Take that, Dairy Farmers of Ontario.

On Friday, the University of Illinois broke the record for the world's largest smoothie. And an adjudicator from the Guinness Book of World Records was on hand to verify the results and present the certificate to university representatives.

The concoction — made with 600 pounds of strawberries, 960 pounds of yogurt and 105 gallons of pineapple juice — was whipped up beginning around 8:30 a.m. and completed by 12:30 p.m. The Navy ROTC rang a bell, and orange and blue balloons were released to the sky.

The UI, with its 330-gallon smoothie, creamed the previous record of 264 gallons set last summer by the dairy farmers. A phone call seeking comment from the Dairy Farmers of Ontario was not immediately returned.

The win did not come as a surprise to UI staff.

"We planned to break the record," said Kirsten Ruby, an assistant director of housing for marketing at the UI.

The idea for the mammoth smoothie came from the UI Dining Services, and staff started planning for the big event about six months ago, she said.

Adjudicator Philip Robertson flew into Champaign on Thursday night and was at the scene early Friday to verify the results.

"Every record has a set of guidelines," he said. Among other things, he checked to make sure the same ingredients were used in the smoothie as in the previous ones, and that no advanced preparation was done ahead of time.

"And, most importantly is that it's consumable, that it tastes like a smoothie," he said.

The smoothie was mixed in a refrigerated truck on the west side of Memorial Stadium, and 4-ounce servings were handed to freshmen as they left the stadium after new student convocation.

Each 4-ounce serving had 166 calories. The entire smoothie had close to 800,000 calories, about 4,385 grams of fat, 17,556 grams of protein and 176,931 grams of carbohydrates.

The world's largest smoothie record "has been around awhile and has been broken several times," Robertson said.

The first record was set in 2002, and it was for 88 gallons.

Applicants who want to establish a record must first petition Guinness to establish the new category, he said.

The Guinness Book of World Records is published every year. The next edition comes out next month, but the UI record won't appear until the following edition.

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