At more than 39,000 sq. ft. and 36 million calories, the gingerbread house at the Bryan, Texas club is officially the largest in the world, surpassing the previous record holder by more than 3,000 sq. ft. The structure was built outdoors, and is mostly composed of bricks of gingerbread lathered in frosting, with two chimneys to add volume, candy stained-glass windows and 2,500 pounds of lollipops and candy canes to garnish the exterior.
Weighing in at 36 million calories, the largest gingerbread house in the world has been built at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas, the Bryan-College Station Eagle reported.
The Traditions Club constructed the house with donations and help from the community. To be eligible to set the record, the entirety of the nearly 22-foot-tall house had to be completely edible, the Eagle reported.
Adjudicator Philip Robertson with the Guinness World Records book made the trip from London to judge the house and announce the record. The club set the record with a gingerbread home that contained 39,201.8 cubic square feet, which easily beat the previous record holder—a 36,000-sq. ft. gingerbread house built inside the Mall of America, the Eagle reported.
“We’re very excited and it is emotional, I honestly didn’t know if I wanted to cry or laugh,” General Manager Bill Horton said. “I’m very excited for the team too, to be able to pull together and do that.”
Unlike that of the previous record holder, the club’s gingerbread house was built outside. The structure is mostly composed of bricks of brown gingerbread lathered in frosting. There are two chimneys, which were created to add volume, and candy-stained glass windows. Lollipops and candy canes are part of the 2,500 pounds of treats used to garnish the exterior, the Eagle reported.
The gingerbread bricks include 1,800 pounds of butter, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of flour and nearly 3,000 pounds of brown sugar, the Eagle reported.
The team started construction on November 5 with about 50 people pitching in to help on any given construction day. The club brought in architects, chefs, electricians, roofers and more to design the home, the Eagle reported.
The project was the brainchild of Horton, a fan of the Food Network. The construction crew learned a lot about gingerbread building as it went, he said, with most of the complications due to the outdoor elements. For example, they had to tone down the amount of butter used in the gingerbread bricks because of the humidity, and the Texas heat melted taffy used as garnish on the outside. Plenty of bees, expected to have vacated the area during the colder weather, made their way to the home, the Eagle reported.
The world’s largest gingerbread house is open for the public to enjoy until December 14. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for kids, and all the proceeds go to St. Joseph Hospital trauma center, the Eagle reported.