Everything's bigger in Texas, even the gingerbread houses.
The good people from Guinness World Records certified that a gingerbread house created in Bryan, Texas, by the Traditions Club of Texas A&M is the world's largest at 39,201.8 cubic feet.
The previous record was set by a house constructed at Minnesota's Mall of America that measured about 36,000 cubic feet. Amateurs!
The new king of all edible homes was certified by Philip Robertson, adjudicator with Guinness World Records, on Saturday night. Robertson gave the creators credit for building the home outdoors amid the elements.
According to the Houston Chronicle, construction lasted about a month. Ingredients include 1,800 pounds of butter; 7,200 eggs; 7,200 pounds of flour and around 3,000 pounds of brown sugar. That equals around 36 million calories. Despite being sprayed for ants and critters, the house is completely edible.
Paging Homer Simpson: Your talents are needed.
The Eagle reports that the home features two chimneys, candy stained-glass windows, and an incredible number of lollipops and candy canes. Construction began on Nov. 5 and required a lot of planning. The team sought input from architects, roofers and, of course, chefs. There is electricity in the house. No bathroom, though, which is probably for the best.
There were challenges along the way. Because it was built in Texas, the heat played a role. Traditions Club general manager Bill Horton told The Eagle that the workers had to limit the amount of butter used due to the humidity. Bees were also a bit of an issue.
The home will stay open until Dec. 14. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for kids. Proceeds go toward the nearby St. Joseph Hospital trauma center.
"I think what impresses me most about most records is the community spirit around the record attempt," Robertson told KBTX. "People come together for this remarkable cause and really work hard at it."
- Philip Robertson
- Guinness World Records