On August 4, Tulsa, Oklahoma–area Chick-fil-A restaurants set a Guinness World Record by creating the world's largest sweet iced tea. A nine-foot-tall cup held more than 1,140 gallons of freshly brewed sweet tea and ice. The record was set during an all-day celebration at Nienhuis Park in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Operators and team members from five Chick-fil-A restaurants worked with volunteers from schools, churches, and community groups throughout the Tulsa area to create the record-setting drink. The process required 72 pounds of tea leaves, 1,150 pounds of sugar, one ton of ice, and 912 gallons of water.
Official Guinness World Records adjudicator Kimberly Partrick presided over the event and officially called the record. The achievement marks the second Guinness World Record for Tulsa Chick-fil-A operator Arthur Greeno, who set the record for world's largest soft drink when he created an 834-gallon cup of freshly squeezed Chick-fil-A lemonade in 2008.
"In the midst of the heat wave we've been experiencing in Oklahoma, there was no shortage of people looking for a nice cold glass of sweet tea and we were glad to oblige," Greeno says. "We couldn't have made it happen without the help of our staff and neighbors throughout Tulsa gathering supplies, brewing the tea, and coming out to cheer us on."
The Chick-fil-A Kid's Meal program is partnering with Guinness World Records to challenge children across the country to set their own records this summer. A series of five activity-filled Guinness World Records packs are available in Kid's Meals until August 28. Each pack features "Do Try This at Home" challenges, intended to promote fun parent-child interaction and active playtime with friends.