Typically, world records involve big, impressive numbers. Take the world’s largest “mini brick” set, for example; the Lord of the Rings-inspired build measures a whopping 2,060 square feet. Meanwhile, the biggest Funko Pop collection boasts more than 5,000 figures. And if you want to beat the record for most people simultaneously jumping a rope, you’ll need at least 245 friends to join you. However, if you want to break the newly established Guinness World Record for most M&Ms stacked on top of one another, you can aim a lot lower. You’ll only need six pieces of that iconic candy.
But that’s going to be a whole lot harder than it sounds.
TODAY shared the story of 23-year-old British engineer Will Cutbill’s record-setting feat. His name now resides in the Guinness Book of World Records for successfully stacking five M&Ms. He achieved his lofty goal on January 31 in Solihull, UK. Cutbill broke the record of four, previously held by both Italy’s Silvio Sabba and Australia’s Brendan Kelbie.
Cutbill’s claim-to-fame only required a tiny amount of sweets. But as anyone who has ever held an M&M in their hand knows, that doesn’t mean it was easy. Those round chocolates aren’t exactly designed to be Lincoln Logs. And their shiny candy coated shell doesn’t really make for a great adhesive. (Other than in 95-degree heat.) Stacking them takes incredible patience and a gentle touch. And even then, you still need a whole lot of luck. One false move can instantly ruin everything. But Cutbill stuck with it and broke the record.
The engineer told Guinness that he had the idea to break the record while eating a bag of the candy during the UK’s third lockdown. In doing so, he achieved his lifelong dream of getting into the record book.
Of course, some of us might have also set a record with M&Ms during quarantine too. A more traditional type of record, involving much larger numbers: how many we ate.