Call it a pancake, griddle cake or crepe, Americans love their pancakes.
In fact, we love pancakes so much the international IHOP restaurant chain sells more than 700 million of them a year.
In thanks for this public support and to celebrate National Pancake Day, IHOP will once again give away millions of its signature buttermilk pancakes on Tuesday, March 8. (Check to verify your local IHOP is participating in the fundraiser.) In return, IHOP asks guests make a voluntary donation to support local children's hospitals through the Children's Miracle Network.
In honor of this hallowed event, Coupon Sherpa has compiled the following top 10 pancake records.
1. Tallest Stack of Pancakes - 35 inches
The Guiness Book of World Records sites Efteling bv of the Netherlands as the current record holder for tallest pancake stack. The stack was measured at the Efteling theme park in Kaatscheuvel, Netherlands, on Oct. 16, 2014, towering nearly three feet high.
2. Pancake Flipping- 416 flips
The flipping record, tossed on June 6, 1997 by Ralf Laue of Germany, represents the number of times a single pancake can be tossed in two minutes. The pancake recipe must be made using 6 ounces of batter and flipped in a frying pan weighing at least 12 ounces with a base measurement of 6 inches.
3. Oldest Pancake Race- Instituted in 1445
The Annual Pancake Race in the village of Olney, England dates back five centuries. According to the legend, when the church bells rang for Shrove Tuesday service in the year 1445, a housewife wasn't finished grilling the cakes. Not wishing to ruin her pancakes, she ran to the church with pan in hand. In memory of this housewife, women in Olney compete every Shrove Tuesday in a 415-yard race in which they must carry a pancake in a skillet.
4. Most Famous Pancake on the Internet - Bunny Oolong
Hironori Akutagawa of Japan took photographs of his very patient pet rabbit wearing a pancake and posted it on the Internet. Oolong rapidly became known as "The Pancake Bunny" when the picture became ubiquitous on forums and Web sites with the caption, “I have no idea what you’re talking about… so here’s a bunny with a pancake on its head.” Over the course of Oolong’s short life, Akutagawa took hundreds of photographs of the rabbit balancing a wide variety of small, light objects on its head. Oolong passed in 2003, but Photoshopped variations continue to feature the bunny balancing other objects on his head.
5. Largest Pancake- 3 tons (6.614 pounds)
The Co-operative Union Ltd of Manchester, England created a pancake measuring 49 feet, 2.55 inches in diameter on August 13, 1994 in Rochdale, England. The pancake weighed three tons and contained an estimated two-million calories.
6. Highest Pancake Toss - 31 feet, 1 inches
Dominic Cuzzacrea made the monumental toss on Nov. 13, 2010, at the Walden Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga, N.Y. Cuzzacrea broke his previous record by 11.8 inches
7. Most Pancakes Made by an Individual in One Hour- 1,092 pancakes
Ross McCurdy, owner of the Oak Table Cafe in Kingston, Wash., cooked 1,092 pancakes on Aug. 13, 2013. The event raised funds for his daughter who suffers from uveitis, the leading cause of blindness in the U.S. This is not the first Guinness World Record held by McCurdy, who also boasts the "most eggs cracked one-handed in one minute" and "furthest distance grape caught in mouth - self thrown."
8. Most Pancakes Made in 8 Hours - 76,382 pancakes
300 volunteer cooks served approximately 20,000 people on May 9, 2009 in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park. Thirty-eight griddles were used to cook almost 6,000 pounds of batter. Hungry attendees topped their pancakes with 136 gallons of maple syrup and 365 pounds of butter, washing them down with more than 1,000 gallons of water and orange juice. The Atlanta event broke the previous record of 66,459 pancake set in February 2009 by the Lions Club of Lubbock, Texas. However, Lubbock still holds the title of "Pancake Capital of the World," as designated by the Texas legislature in 2009.
9. Quickest Marathon While Flipping a Pancake - Dominic Cuzzacrea
The record holder for the highest pancake toss also boasts the fastest marathon while flipping a pancake. Dominic "Mike" Cuzzacrea finished the Casino Niagra International Marathon in Buffalo, N.Y., in just over 3 hours on Oct. 24, 1999.
10. Most Pancakes Eaten by One Person - Hayden Wilson, 80 pancakes
While the Guinness Book of World Records does not recognize pancake eating as a category, an event at The Pancake Parlour in Melbourne, Australia, featured the consumption of 80 pancakes in 17 minutes and 26 seconds by one Hayden Wilson. That equates to 5.5 pounds of pancake in less than 20 minutes.