Traditions building world's largest gingerbread house

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Friday, November 29, 2013 - 5:58pm

What do you get when you mix 11,000 pounds of gingerbread with 2,300 pounds of candy?

Well, it's the world's largest gingerbread house and it's being built right here in Bryan.

"The world record is 36,600 cubic feet so it's based on internal volume," said Traditions Club general manager, Bill Horton. "When we finish here it'll be I think it's 38,718."

Horton says the world record was set in 2006 in St. Paul-Minneapolis but come Saturday morning, Traditions will hopefully hold the title.

It's a project more than 14 months in the making, or should I say baking?

"I thought, you know, with our home builders and all the folks we have involved I bet we can do that so as I just started talking to people, everybody just hopped on board," Horton said. "I think they're probably all wondering why they did now," he laughs.

But the gingerbread house isn't just for show; all the proceeds raised from the fundraiser will benefit St. Joseph's recently designated Level II Trauma Center.

And Trauma Medical Director, Dr. Adair deBerry Carlisle says it's a gift that will keep on giving.

"They have really gone above and beyond the call which is really exciting. Especially around the holidays, it couldn't have come at a better time so we're all very excited about it because it really lets us know how everybody is responding to this. They get it, they see the importance, they see the benefit of this."

The official judging will take place Saturday but it will be open to the public through December 14th.

And for a fun fact: everything on the exterior is edible but if you're watching your waistline this holiday season, you may not want to eat it because the house contains more than 35 million calories.

 

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