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Colossal Gingerbread House Breaks World Record

For deliciousness, that is.

by: Ted Alvarez

Imagine this, but huge. (photo: Fil.Al / Flickr)
Imagine this, but huge. (photo: Fil.Al / Flickr)

Hansel and Gretel, stay inside. This month, Aggie witches in Bryan, TX, built the biggest gingerbread house ever. At 21 feet high, over 2,500 square feet, and 35.8 million calories, it breaks the Guinness World Record for largest confectionary construction (which is apparently a thing).

Go ahead, take a bite: The entire thing is edible (just watch out for the wood frame). Beyond holiday excellence, the Traditions club for Texas A&M built it to raise money for a local hospital. Best of all, you can build one yourself. Here’s the recipe from Reuters:

Mix 1,800 pounds of butter (820 kgs), 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.

Constructing the cookie castle of your dreams (or nightmares) doesn’t come without a few caveats, though. The breaded bungalow attracts swarms of bees – but onlookers report they’re too sugar-drunk to sting.

Theory: The gingerbread house is clearly a trap so Aggies can lure in unsuspecting Longhorns and eat them alive. Based on recent football history, those Aggies will need all the help they can get.

Read more: Reuters

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