In an effort to set a Guinness world record, Acme Smoked Fish teamed up with Zucker Bagels to assemble a giant bagel and lox at Acme’s Greenpoint headquarters on Friday afternoon. The sandwich, complete with plenty of onions, tomatoes, and capers, was predicted to weigh at least a few hundred pounds, and it did not disappoint– the final weight was a whopping 213.75 pounds. Talk about a lot of lox.
Here’s the bagel breakdown: the completed sandwich measured nearly three feet across, and stood a little over a foot tall. Forty pounds of cream cheese were schmeared on an 80-pound bagel that was hand formed and boiled– like any other New York bagel, except massive. Thirty pounds of smoked salmon and 25 to 30 pounds of tomatoes were piled high on the giant sandwich, with generous portions of onions and capers as well.
While an ordinary-sized bagel and lox isn’t exactly a budget breakfast– smoked salmon sandwiches can cost anywhere from $12 to $15 depending on the bagel joint– this supersized version would cost a customer about $3,500 for the whole thing. Both Acme and Zucker emphasized that this was a special occasion sandwich that’s not available to the general public.
So, did Acme and Zucker’s bagel behemoth set the world record? It doesn’t look like it– according to the Guinness World Records website, the record for the largest cream cheese and smoked salmon bagel is 393.7 kilograms, or about 850 pounds.
After they weighed the sandwich, it was sliced up with a saw (!) and fed to the hungry crowd. New York Instagram star Mister Mort helped do the honors. And with a 200-plus-pound bagel sandwich, it’s safe to say that probably everyone got their fill of smoked salmon, cream cheese and bagels.