BRYAN, Texas - Holiday cheer in Texas has become even
sweeter thanks to a giant gingerbread house that has broken a world record for
Coming in at 35.8 million calories and covering an area
of 2,520 square feet, or nearly the size of a tennis court, the 21-foot high
gingerbread house in Bryan, Texas, 90 miles northwest of Houston, 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, 2,925
pounds of brown sugar, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds all-purpose flour, 1,080 ounces
ground ginger and a few other ingredients, bake and form into panels for
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
The edible and aromatic panels, icing and candy were
mounted over the wooden frame and have so far stood up to the Texas sun as well
as a few storms.
"One problem we did not anticipate was bees
on warm days," Horton said. "They have been coming over, getting so
much sugar and stumbling around like they are drunk. But no one has gotten