Friday, December 30, 2016

GIANT GINGERBREAD HOUSE

And now for something more fun.  At a local hotel here in Houston, their pastry team created this large gingerbread house...


Check out these stats!

Hilton America's Gingerbread House
Now to be fair, the underlying structure is wood, as are the porch columns, because something this large would need a support structure. The railing "pickets" and the "snow" on the roof however, are white chocolate...

Gingerbread house
...and the detailing along the edge of the roof is white chocolate as well.

Gingerbread bricks
Here is a closeup of the gingerbread "bricks".  You can see where people have broken off pieces, which in a way is good because you can see how they are glued on with frosting.  The bricks look so real. Then frosting is put in between them to make it look like real mortar.  Pretty impressive.  


This "stone" fireplace chimney is made of marzipan.  It smelled wonderful!

Chocolate shingles
And of course, hello, CHOCOLATE FREAKIN' SHINGLES!  Standing this close to it was chocolate overload.  It smelled so good.  You can also see here where people have reached over and pulled off pieces of the chocolate shingles
(I hope not to eat, ewww).  It was really neat to see though, we loved it.

We wished there had been some candy around the outside for more detailing (you know, gumdrops, candy canes, etc) but considering the size, we understand.  Even though it was roped off, you could tell that it was big enough to be able to stand up inside.

Tis the season!

20 comments:

Marina said...

Wow, that's a lot of work they did, how neat! I made a fairly large gingerbread house once and never thought about making gingerbread "half bricks" to make it look like that. What a brilliant idea.

anne marie in philly said...

YOWZA! I love marzipan! and such intricate work!

HNY to all at the little farm!

Lisa said...

Wow that is just awesome. One of the best large gingerbread houses I have ever seen. Happy new year.

Silver Willow said...

That is AMAZING! Gimme some shingles to savor!

Colleen said...

How sweet.
Gosh, too bad they didn't give the calorie count
Thanks for sharing this. It's pretty awesome

Mike Yukon said...

I can see it now, you and 1st are now planning on siding the farm house in gingerbread! :-)

Tonya @ My Cozy Little Farmhouse said...

Wow! All I can say is..."Om nom nom" haha

Sandy said...

1st Man,

How amazing! I can only imagine how wonderful it smelt there :-)

Colleen said...

Bit more information here on the cute gingerbread house.
http://hotinhoustonnow.com/2016/12/hilton-americas-houston-hilton-americas-houston-gingerbread-house-chocolate-chef-pastry-team-sugar-downtown-houston-handcrafted-breakfast-with-santa-life-size/


Timelapse video:  http://www.ksdk.com/features/timelapse-the-gingerbread-house-at-hilton-americas-houston/369156876

Texas Rose said...

This is absolutely amazing! Love it!

1st Man said...

The bricks were pretty ingenious, loved the way they did it. Thanks for stopping by!

1st Man said...

Marzipan is so yummy! Thank you!!!!

1st Man said...

Thanks for the wishes and yep, it was pretty neat up close in person, ha. HNY to you!

1st Man said...

I would have eaten those shingles up (freshly made of course, ha). The roof wouldn't have gotten finished, LOL!

1st Man said...

I can't even imagine how many calories, ha. Thanks!!!

1st Man said...

Oh, that might be nice!! and yummy!

Of course, then we'd have more mice, sigh, I guess there is drawback after all. Now chocolate shingles....hmm.... ;-)

1st Man said...

Amen to that!!!!

1st Man said...

You could smell it as you walked into the building. It was lovely. I wonder what happens when it's over? I guess it gets torn down and thrown away. Too bad it can't stay untouched and then they could sell of pieces to eat, ha.

1st Man said...

Everyone at work calls me the king of google, you are the QUEEN of google. :-)

1st Man said...

It was really neat. Thanks!!!!