World's Largest Sno Cone - December 7-8, 2010
 
(Reprinted by permission of Lubbock Avalanche Journal)
 
Lubbock now has another claim to fame — and it’s a little colder than one might think.
 
“We have Buddy Holly and prairie dogs, and now we have the world’s largest snow cone,” said Bahama Buck’s owner Blake Buchanan.
 
Bahama Buck’s on Thursday topped off its three-day effort to make the world’s largest snow cone, creating a treat weighing more than 25,000 pounds and raising more than $12,000 for area children.
 
The world’s largest snow cone, which is pending certification by the Guinness Book of World Records, bested the previous world record holder by more than 20,000 pounds, Buchanan said.
 
At a final weight of 25,095 pounds, the yellow birthday-cake flavored snow cone is expected to surpass the 4,604-pound record set in 2000 by Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort in California.
Just barely beating the previous record wouldn’t have done, Buchanan said.
 
“If you’re going to do something, do it right," he said."Do it once so you don’t have to do it again.”
Work on the potentially record-breaking treat began Tuesday at the Bahama Buck’s at 5009 50th Street. About 1,000 customers participated in what Bahama Buck’s called its Sno Angel Project Sno Shaving Fundraiser benefiting the Children’s Home of Lubbock.
 
Those who donated $10 or more received a snow cone and the opportunity to shave a 5-pound block of ice for use in the giant snow cone — an 11-foot-tall polyethylene tank in front of the shop.
 
Buchanan said representatives for Guinness were not present for the final weigh-in Thursday afternoon, but, at Guinnesses’ request, Buchanan selected several members of the community to serve as witnesses.
 
Bahama Buck’s will give free samples of the Worlds Largest Snow Cone, which is expected to feed nearly 60,000 people, until the treat runs out or melts.