Traditions Breaks Largest Gingerbread House World Record

By: Natasha Sweatte Email
By: Natasha Sweatte Email
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Bryan, TX While many have been anticipating if the recently constructed Gingerbread House at Traditions would break a world record, the wait is now over. A team of judges with Guinness World Records arrived late Friday and inspected all day Saturday.

The result? Let's just say Christmas came early for some.

Philip Robertson, adjudicator with the Guinness Records addressed an anxious crowd at Traditions Saturday evening.

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

The crowd screamed in delight.

Robertson said while many factors can vary, the overall goal 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," said Robertson.

The requirements included an edible exterior made of gingerbread and it must look like a house. While not everyone would consider stopping by for an actual bite, if you did, the grams of fat could possibly add up quicker than your Thanksgiving dinner, as the house contains a whopping 35,823,400 calories.

"My parents came out on their anniversary and rolled dough," smiled Michael Menchaca, Executive Chef at Traditions. Menchaca says he specializes in fine dining and doesn't consider himself a pastry baker by any means. However, it didn't stop him from giving this gingerbread house his all.

"These past couple of weeks we've had a ton of moisture come in," Menchaca explained. "We had to go back to the drawing board and pull out a lot more of the liquids." He said including his parents, hundreds came out to help construct the magnificent gingerbread house.

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's Hospital.

"I think what impresses me most about most records is the community spirit around the record attempt," said Robertson. "People come together for this remarkable cause and really work hard at it," he said.

This is also the first outside gingerbread house, which is why Menchaca says the project was even more of a challenge and even more rewarding.

"The other one was inside, so they had temperature control, they had humidity and go put it on a house; where we baked it and would have to store it for up to a week before we could bring it out here," said Menchaca.

If you haven't had a chance to get out and see the Gingerbread house, organizers say it'll be up for another two weeks.

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