World Record Gingerbread House in Texas
Bryan, Texas, 90 miles northwest of Houston, is the home of the Guinness World Records gingerbread house. The house broke the record for a confectionary construction. It covers 2,520 square feet, about the size of a tennis court, and is 21 feet high and has 35.8 million calories.
The house was built to help raise money for the trauma center at St. Joseph’s Regional Hospital. The frame is wood but the exterior is edible. It took 1,800 pounds of butter, 2,925 pounds of brown sugar, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of all-purpose flour and 1,080 ounces of ginger. It was baked in panels and mounted on the studs.
The bakers did think to cut back on butter and baking soda so the house could withstand rain and heat, but one thing they didn’t think of was bees, their coming to get the sugar, so much sugar they stumble around like they are drunk.
The previous world record gingerbread house was a 36,000 cubic foot model at the Mall of America in Minnesota.