Get an Eyeful of a Life-Size Gingerbread House – Via Houzz.com
With 2 tons of candy, gingerbread and icing, this holiday confection will make your mouth water and your heart sing.
All completed house photos courtesy of Matthew Millman for The Fairmont San Francisco
The house is made of nearly 2 tons of candy, gingerbread and royal icing, all of which is edible. It breaks down to:
• 724 pounds of candy
• 1,406 pounds of gingerbread that make up the building’s 7,500 bricks
• 1,600 pounds of royal icing to hold it all together
“While we don’t condone people eating the house, it happens,” says The Fairmont’s Melissa Farrar. “The funniest part is that much of the missing icing, candies and even bricks are at adult height. This house brings out the kid in everyone. Every day our pastry team is out there maintaining fixes, and that’s fine with us. We joke that those caught snacking on the house will be put in the nearby doghouse.”
Though the gingerbread house equals the size of last year’s creation, this year there’s also an equally spectacular doghouse. It honors Gentleman Norman, author of How to Be a Manand a longtime hotel VIP — as in very important Pomeranian.
It’s made from 90 pounds of gingerbread, used to create all the bricks and bone-shaped roof tiles, plus 24 pounds of candy to decorate it all. It took the team 67 hours to mix, bake and construct the structure. Thankfully no spatulas were broken.
The giant gingerbread house will be on display through January 1, 2014, at The Fairmont hotel, 950 Mason St., San Francisco. Contributions benefit theLeukemia & Lymphoma Society; a donation box is stationed next to the gingerbread marvels.