World Record Holder Scoops His Way to 2nd Ice Cream Eating Title

Champion eater Joey Chesnut , right shovels in some ice cream during the second annual ice cream eating contest at the Sun 'n Fun site in Lakeland, Fl. (Ernst Peters/The Ledger)

Champion eater Joey Chesnut , right shovels in some ice cream during the second annual ice cream eating contest at the Sun ‘n Fun site in Lakeland, Fl. (Ernst Peters/The Ledger)

LAKELAND | The brain freeze set in early, but Joey Chestnut persevered.

Scoop, swallow, sip, repeat.

Chestnut ate more than 1.8 gallons of ice cream in six minutes Saturday.

Chestnut broke his own world record at the second annual Florida Ice Cream Festival at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. Hundreds watched in amazement at the man who in the past year has eaten 121 Twinkies in six minutes, 141 hard-boiled eggs in eight minutes and, most famously, 69 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

“The second container was when (the brain freeze) started,” Chestnut said. “You forget about it; there’s other pains. That’s what we do —we ignore feelings.”

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