Texas Still Holds the Record for the Biggest Gingerbread House Ever Built
You're going to need some extra gumdrops if you want to beat this record.
Texas is well known for going above and beyond when it comes to just about everything. And that includes the holidays.
Take, for example, the fact that the state holds the record for the largest gingerbread house ever created. And it’s held that title since 2013. Though really, there’s little chance anyone will ever beat this behemoth of a gingerbread creation. After all, it measured in at 60 feet by 42 feet and 20 feet tall.
As People reported at the time, the home was built by the Traditions Club and St. Joseph Health System of Bryan, Texas. Their creation beat the former record held by the Mall of America.
“We think big around here and we are competitive,” Bill Horton, general manager of the club, told Reuters in 2013.
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In total, the gingerbread structure used an astonishing 1,800 pounds of butter, 7,200 eggs, 3,000 pounds of sugar, 7,200 pounds of flour, and more than 22,000 pieces of candy, according to People, all assembled by volunteers, into a structurally sound and extremely tasting-looking dessert. Though hopefully nobody actually ate the creation as it also came with 35.8 million calories. But, because the home was built with such care it was able to weather several Texas-sized storms so residents of the area could enjoy it for the entire holiday season.
However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing when building the gingerbread house.
“One problem we did not anticipate was bees on warm days,” Horton said. “They have been coming over, getting so much sugar and stumbling around like they are drunk. But no one has gotten stung.”
Now, if only Texas would rebuild the home and a massive vat of hot chocolate to go with it we’d be all set.