Thanks, partly to the Brother’s Grimm fairy tale, gingerbread houses are built and beautifully decorated in many parts of the world throughout the holiday season.
Many people in our very own United States love making and decorating gingerbread houses.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the World’s largest gingerbread house was made in 2013 by the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.
The house was 60 ft (18.23 m) long and 10.1 ft (18.28m) tall. The ingredients it took to make this one are astounding.
I’m not much of a baker, but I love visiting gingerbread house displays.
I can see why Hansel and Gretel took a bite out of that old witch’s house.
They look delicious!
In my opinion, it’s one of the best holiday traditions around.
I didn’t realize how big gingerbread house art [I think it is], has actually become until I started snooping around the internet.
There are not only festivals and fairs, but there are many competitions.
Good Housekeeping has one every year. I chose several gingerbread house images for your perusal.
These are my favorites.
Tell me what you think in the Comments Section.
Peggy Butler of Tualatin, Oregon – Place Winner
Tony Bennett of Pontiac, Michigan – Former Runner Up
Jeff Schulz of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Former Runner Up
Becky Stella of Minneapolis – 1st Place
Judy Benjamin of Aumsville, Oregon – Former 1st Place
The White House has a lovely one on display.
Modeled after the White House itself and designed by Executive Pastry Chef Susan Morrison, the saccharine structure is made of a whopping 250 pounds of gingerbread, 150 pounds of chocolate and another 75 pounds of sugar and other baking ingredients.
Interesting Tidbit: This year’s White House gingerbread house is unique in that it’s covered with dark chocolate, as opposed to white chocolate of previous years.
Source: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
What do you think?
This next one is designed to look exactly like the Waddesdon Manor in London, UK.
According to its blog, Biscuiteers Boutique and Icing Café began working on the house in September.
The project took 500 hours, and the pastry artists used more than 66 pounds of butter and sugar, 240 eggs and 476 pounds of icing.
I’m taken aback by gingerbread houses of every shape and size.
But…I’ve often wondered if they are meant to be simply ogled, or eaten like the children Hansel and Gretel did parts of the witch’s house?
After all, besides gingerbread, many houses have lots of yummy candy on them.
Julia Rutland, food editor of Coastal Living and gingerbread house creator extraordinaire says…
“It’s really a matter of flavor and taste. The longer it sits out, the more dry and flavorless it becomes.”
She points out that as candy and icing stay out, they can become tooth-crackingly hard. Ouch!
Most recipes are edible for at least a week, some longer.
If I had one, I’d probably hope it also lit up, and I could keep it on my sofa table during the holidays.
I would rather munch on the ginger snaps I get from Trader Joe’s.
They’re very tasty, but I have noticed do get stale rather quickly.
Have you ever made a gingerbread house?
What does your favorite gingerbread house of memory look like?
Do you even like gingerbread?
By the way readers…
Today is National Gingerbread House Day!
It may be just another holiday to some, but for me and many others, it’s one of the most fun and visually stunning holidays!!!