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Tizimín, Yucatán makes Guinness with longest Rosca de Reyes bread

Tizimín, Yucatán — The city of Tizimín has made its way into the Guinness World Records with the longest Rosca de Reyes bread in the world.

The bread, which was measured by Guinness personnel, came in at 3,009.65 meters long. Organizer Daineil Avila explained that to make the bread, more than 80 artisan bakers and 750 volunteers participated using more than 2.5 tons of flour, 7,000 kilos of milk, 50 kilos of yeast, over 13,500 eggs and an excess of 500 kilos of sugar and 750 kilos of decorative fruit.

About 19,000 plastic dolls were laid inside the bread. The four bakeries and 75 sponsors made the bread-making world record possible.

“We have been working for almost two days,” said Luís Uicab, artisan baker. The bread was laid out in a 3-kilometer line along Progreso Avenue in Tizimín where it was evaluated and verified by Guinness staff, which took about six hours.

Last year the Guinness Record was obtained by a university in Saltillo, Coahuila with a 2,065.43-meter-long bread.

Rosca de Reyes (ring of the kings) is a Spanish pastry traditionally eaten to celebrate Epiphany, which is eaten January 6 on Dia de Reyes, commemorating the arrival of the Three Wise Men. It is this day that Spanish children receive gifts attributed to the Three Wise Men. Before they go to bed the night before, it is traditional to leave a dish of biscuits for the men and water for their camels.

The Rosca de Reyes bread is eaten the next day. Anyone who finds a plastic doll (a baby Jesus) inside their piece will be blessed for the upcoming year.