TX is home to the world's largest gingerbread house

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 4:55pm

Texas is known for doing things big. Now the Lone Star state is home to the world's largest gingerbread house, Natasha Sweatte has the story.

Phillip Robertson, Adjudicator, The Guinness World Records, "This house not only measures the estimate 38,000 cubic feet, but actually measures 39,201.8 ft. A new Guinness World Record."

Phillip Roberston, Adjudicator with the Guinness World Records says while many factors can vary the goal overall has to be specific, "All records have to have guidelines to make sure there is a benchmark for someone in the future for someone else to attempt it."

In order to qualify the gingerbread house must be edible on the outside and just to give you a perspective, this gingerbread house contains a whopping 35,823.400 calories.

Michael Menchaca, "My parents came out on their anniversary and rolled dough."

Michael Menchaca, Executive Chef at Traditions says he specializes in fine dining and doesn't consider himself a pastry baker by any means, but that didn't stop him from giving this gingerbread house all he had,  "This past couple of weeks we've had a ton of moisture come in we had to go back to the drawing board and pull out a lot more of the liquids."

Santa also made a special appearance for the big announcement. While this wasn't an easy project by any means, the big reason behind this whole attempt was to raise funds for the trauma center at St. Joseph Hospital.

"I think what impresses me most about most records is the community spirit around the record attempt; especially with a charity based and in this case it's St. Joseph's. People come together for this remarkable cause and really work hard at it."

This is also the first outside gingerbread house, which is why Menchaca says the project was even more of a challenge, but the good news is that no cookie here has crumbled.

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