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MN Is No Longer Home To The World’s Largest GingerBread House

Last year, a Guinness World Record was set in Minnesota at the Mall of America for the world’s largest gingerbread house.   The house from the MOA was a 36,000 foot model  and you can watch the construction time lapse of last years construction process by clicking here…   (http://pcl.oxblue.com/gingerbread)  and clicking on the “Time Lapse” button on the top center of the screen.

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An official measurement of the house in Minnesota detailed a 67 foot tall structure, designed by artist Roger Pelcher.  Pelcher had previously set a record prior to 2012 with a house of 57 feet.   It took 1,700 hours and nine days to complete.   According to the Mall of America’s Press Release from 2012, and [PR Newswire], The house contained:

  • 14,250 lbs gingerbread
  • 4,750 lbs icing
  • more than one ton of candy embellishments
    • 1,800 Hershey’s chocolate bars
    • 1,200 feet of Twizzlers
    • 100 lbs of large-sized Tootsie Rolls
    • 300 lbs of large-sized Dots candies
    • 100 lbs  each of Brach’s Star Brites Mix, Holiday Mix, Crimp Ribbon, Christmas Spicettes and Christmas Nougats
    • featured a magical gingerbread factory with animated elves
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A Gingerbread house constructed for this holiday season in Bryan, Texas broke last year’s record, which was set here in Minnesota for charity.   The house was built near the Texas A & M University to help raise money for a trauma center at the St. Joseph’s Hospital in the region.

The recipe for this gingerbread house?

  • 1,800 lbs butter
  • 7,200 eggs
  • 7,200 lbs flour
  • 2,925 lbs brown sugar
  • 1080 oz ground ginger

The baker’s of the Texas Gingerbread house cut back as much as possible on the butter and baking soda to help the house stand up better to the weather.  The walls, which are edible, and smell great according to [Yahoo!], were mounted over a wooden frame, and have already passed through a few storms.  One thing the builders did not anticipate, was bee’s.   They did mention however, that nobody has been stung yet, even with area bee’s being attracted to it.

Source: [Reuters]

You may not want to make a large gingerbread house, such as those above, but if you are interested in learning how to make one yourself, of a much smaller scale, here is a recipe:

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