It wouldn’t have been right if Texas didn’t claim the world record for the largest gingerbread house in the world. After all everything is bigger in Texas – remember Dynasty hairstyles? The edible gingerbread house with 35.8 million calories and the size of a tennis court – 2,520 sq ft to be exact and 21 foot high was built in Bryan, Texas. The Guinness World Records declared it the biggest ever, beating the record set by Minnesota town Bloomington last year.
The gingerbread house is built near Texas A&M University by the Traditions Club to raise funds for a trauma center at the regional St. Joseph’s Hospital. General Manager of the Traditions Club, Bill Horton had this to say in a Texas size modesty “We think big around here and we are competitive.”
The edible exterior of the house include icing and candy mounted over a wooden frame. It took a mixture of 1,800 pounds of butter, 2,925 pounds of brown sugar, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds all-purpose flour, 1,080 ounces of ground ginger, 2,500pounds of candy and a few other ingredients, bake and form into panels for mounting.
The talented bakers have reduced the use of butter and baking soda in an effort to make the house stand up to Texas sun and storms, which has so far been a success. What was not successful was holding back bees even on warm days. According to Horton, the bees have been stumbling around like they are drunk after eating too much sugar. Don’t forget Texas bees are bigger than those bees in your state or country.
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