World’s biggest edible gingerbread house sets record

The recipe includes 820 kg of butter, 1,327 kg of brown sugar while the house is 35.8 million calories

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Holiday cheer in Texas has become even sweeter thanks to a giant gingerbread house that has broken a world record for confectionary construction.

Coming in at 35.8 million calories and covering an area of 2520 square feet, or nearly the size of a tennis court, the 21-foot high gingerbread house in Bryan, Texas, has been declared the biggest ever by Guinness World Records.

The house, with an edible exterior mounted over a wooden frame, was built by the Traditions Club near Texas A&M University to help raise money for a trauma center at the regional St. Joseph’s Hospital.

“We think big around here and we are competitive,” said Bill Horton, general manager of the club. The Texas creation topped the previous record holder for gingerbread houses, a 36,600-cubic-foot model constructed in Bloomington, Minnesota’s Mall of America in 2012.

The recipe is simple. Mix 1,800 pounds of butter (820 kg), 2,925 pounds (1,327 kg) of brown sugar, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds (3,266 kg) all-purpose flour, 1,080 ounces (31 kg) ground ginger and a few other ingredients, bake and form into panels for mounting. The bakers tried to cut back on the butter and baking soda as much as possible to help the gingerbread better stand up to the weather.

Other Christmas related Guinness world records include the largest collection of Santa Claus memorabilia held by Jean-Guy Laquerre has 25,104 different items of Santa Claus memorabilia, as of Nov. 30, 2010, that he has been collecting since 1988. His collection includes 2,360 figurines, 2,846 cards and postcards from 33 counties, 1,312 serviettes and 241 pins and brooches.

The largest gathering of Santa Clauses was achieved by 13,000 participants in the Guildhall Square in Derry City, Northern Ireland, UK, on Dec. 9, 2007.

(With Reuters)