Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers & Ribs at the V&A Waterfront have been announced as the Guinness World Records official title holder for ‘Most Varieties of Milkshakes Commercially Available’ – with a whopping 207 Shakes on offer.

Achieving this record involved a year and a half of hard work before Gibson’s were able to process their application to the Guinness World Records and arrange a record attempt in terms of their very strict criteria. On 17th October 2019, Gibson’s successfully carried out their Guinness World Records official attempt for the record of ‘The Most Varieties of Milkshakes Commercially Available’.

This long process leading up to this moment, which had to be strictly followed, encompassed numerous certification forms, checks and balances including checking their menu, sales mix, recipes, ingredients, location and various other formalities. Key witnesses – well-known foodies Jenny Morris, Pete Goffe-Wood, Justin Bonello, Giorgio Nava and Clarice Gomes were required to submit their credentials and curricula vitae to the Guinness World Records London office and after due diligence and various correspondence, they were appointed as Guinness World Records judges for the record attempt.

Once all of the above protocol had been followed, the date for the official record attempt was finally confirmed. The judges, verified and mandated by Guinness World Records, arrived at 6am on 17th October 2019. They were divided into two teams, as in terms of Guinness World Records regulations, a team of judges could only work for 4 hours and then there had to be a changing of the guard. Working in two shifts under the guidance of Pete Goffe-Wood according to strict criteria, the 207 milkshakes had to be counted, tasted and signed off by the judges.

In addition, they had to audit the recipes and verify that the 207 shakes actually appeared on the menu.  The whole attempt, including recipes and ingredients, was videoed by a camera with a timing device as well as duplicated on CCTV footage, and photographs had to be taken of each individual milkshake together with a number and a recipe card.  Having never made 207 shakes at one time, Gibson’s guesstimated that they would be finished at about 12h00 or 13h00 and were proudly surprised when the day’s proceedings concluded at 11h20.

The Guinness World Records London office followed up with a  due diligence worldwide to check and see if in fact there were any other people or companies in the world that complied with this attempt and it was duly verified that Gibson’s are in fact the world record holders for the ‘Most Varieties of Milkshakes Commercially Available’.

“We are really proud to be the biggest in the whole world. We are proud of Africa, the V&A Waterfront and last but not least, Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers & Ribs and our dedicated team. So please come and share this amazing achievement with us and enjoy your way through the WORLD’S largest selection of shakes.” says Ian Halfon, proud co-owner of Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers & Ribs.

What’s on the menu?

Gibson’s line-up of 207 handspun double-thick Gourmet Shakes includes… Chocolate Brownie, Caramel Fudge, Lunch Bar, Butterscotch, Peanut Butter & Crunchie, Honeycomb, Toasted Almond, Nutella & Mascarpone, Oreo Cheesecake, Malva & Custard, Chocolate Peanut Brittle, Lemon Meringue, Chocolate & Maldon Salt, Coffee & Doughnut, Crème Brûlée, Milky Bar White Chocolate, Choc Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Peanut Brittle, Tiramisu, Milo & Banana, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Koeksister & Maple Syrup, Caramel Waffle, Raspberry Meringue & Cream, Ferrero Rocher Supreme, Berry Explosion, Real Strawberry, Chocolate Toffee Cashew, Butter Pecan, Apple Pie & Cream, Salted Caramel and more.

The list of shakes also includes a selection of Fat-Free Shakes, Vegan Shakes, Yoghurt and Frozen Yoghurt Shakes, Adult Shakes and Freek™ Shakes – all served with eco-friendly straws.

Standing: Peter Goffe-Wood, Justin Bonello, Clarice Gomes, Jenny Morris, Giorgio Nava (judges);
Kneeling: Ian Halfon and Doron Duveen (Directors, Slick Restaurant Group)

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