What do you get when you combine 1,800 pounds of butter, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of flour and truck-loads of candy? The world’s biggest gingerbread house! Located at the Texas A & M Traditions Club and certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest gingerbread house ever, the 39,000 cubic foot (and 36-million calorie) structure is big enough to live in and even has electricity. All proceeds earned from the sweet house will go to charity, and while you can’t actually take a bite (it’s roped off), you can go for a visit.
The house requires daily maintenance, which may dash your hopes of ever living in a confection wonderland, since the heat has caused some of it to melt and candy to fall off. The house has also drawn the attention of bees, which come and get drunk on the sugar. A winter storm forced volunteers to cover the house in a massive tarp to protect it from the freezing rain. Living out every child’s dream, the official from Guinness asked to confirm that the house was made out of real gingerbread, so Bill Horton, general manager of the Traditions Club, reached out and took a bite of the structure.
All proceeds are going to raise money for the trauma program at St. Joseph Health System, raising over $150,000 so far, and is open to the public until December 14th. Once the house is torn down, the builder hopes to find charitable groups who may want to reuse the lumber and electrical wiring underneath the gingerbread exterior.