SUBSCRIBE | NEWSLETTERS | MAPS | VIDEOS | BLOGS | MARKETPLACE | CONTESTS
TRY BACKPACKER FREE!
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get
2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on Backpacker.com


Enter Zip Code

Backpacker Magazine – Online Exclusive

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


Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip:
Email (req):

Reader Rating: -

READERS COMMENTS

Star Star Star Star Star
cheap jordans
Dec 29, 2013

<a href="http://www.pickairjordansforcheap.com/">jordan shoes for cheap</a>
<a href="http://www.pickairjordansforcheap.com/air-jordan-13-retro-c-79.html">air jordan 13 retro</a>
<a href="http://www.pickairjordansforcheap.com/women-jordan-shoes-c-112.html">jordan shoes for women</a>
<a href="http://www.pickairjordansforcheap.com/">http://www.pickairjordansforcheap.com/</a>
<a href="http://www.pickairjordansforcheap.com/">cheap jordan shoes for sale</a>

ADD A COMMENT

Your rating:
Your Name:

Comment:

My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

Trailhead Register
Anybody going to watch Bear Grylls tonight?
Posted On: Jul 28, 2014
Submitted By: mtnsteve
Gear
Want a pair of "grippy" rock climbing shoes
Posted On: Jul 28, 2014
Submitted By: fifeplayer
Go
View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site MyRockyMountainPark.com.

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions