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Man breaks Guinness World Record for stacking 6 pieces of M&Ms

By PINKY S. ICAMEN Published Feb 19, 2022 4:43 pm

You think you can beat this world record?

Brendan Kelbie from Australia successfully placed six pieces of candy-shell coated M&Ms on top of each other and became the new record holder for the “Tallest stack of M&Ms,” the Guinness World Records officially announced on Feb. 18. 

Kelbie beat the previous record of five held jointly by Will Cutbill from the United Kingdom and Rocco Mercurio from Italy.

The record was first set by serial record breaker Silvio Sabba from Italy in 2016 with four M&Ms stacked on top of each other. But during the pandemic in November 2020, as a serial record breaker himself, Kelbie matched Sabba’s stack, which made them joint record holders.

But a few months later, Cutbill, an engineer, broke the record by stacking five M&Ms in June 2021. Many who saw Cutbill’s video of stacking the chocolates confidently declared they could do better and tried to break the record themselves, but failed.

Brendan Kelbie's record-breaking stack of six M&Ms.

The 22-year-old Kelbie decided to reclaim his title and eventually set a new world record with six M&Ms stack on Oct. 14, 2021 at his home in Queensland, Australia.

In the video shared by the Guinness World Records, Kelbie methodically stacked the pieces of chocolate like rock cairns using his fingers wrapped in tissue. After a few tries, he was able to successfully stack the unthinkable six M&Ms.

According to Guinness World Records, to achieve the “Tallest stack of M&Ms” record, the stack must be completely free-standing and able to stand for a minimum of 10 seconds once completed.

As M&Ms has different types, only the plain chocolate kind can be used to break the record. Flavored ones like peanut and mint are not allowed.

“I’ve decided to break this record because I am a serial record breaker, and I am a versatile world record holder,” Kelbie told Guinness World Records.

Kelbie wasn’t able to achieve the 21 records he targeted in 2021 but his “Tallest stack of M&Ms” record is just an addition to other Guinness World Records titles under his belt. These include:

  • Most drumstick flips in one minute: 98
  • Longest duration spinning a basketball on a pair of spectacles: 29.67 seconds
  • Tallest tower of dice stacked on the back of the hand in 30 seconds (blindfolded): 13
  • Most dice stacked into a tower in 30 seconds (blindfolded): 20
  • Longest duration spinning a basketball on the nose: 9.57 seconds
  • Longest time to spin a basketball on one finger while dribbling: 1 min 14.40 seconds
  • Fastest time to flip five baseball caps on the head: 8.63 seconds
  • Fastest time to build a 10 toilet roll pyramid: 3.49 seconds
Brendan Kelbie currently holds the record for 'Longest duration spinning a basketball on a pair of spectacles.'

The Guinness World Records currently has over 40,000 records in its database, and more than 15,000 of them can be viewed online. Guinness says it receives a huge number of new records applications, 60% of those are rejected. 

Those who are accepted have to follow a stringent step-by-step process that includes collection of evidence like videos, photos, and other types of documentation. According to Guinness, its records management team reviews each application individually and can take up to 12 weeks.