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World's Largest Gingerbread House is 39,201.8 Cubic Feet

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It's the most wonderful hectic time of the year for the good people over at the Guinness World Records, who are apparently tasked with running through hell and high water to measure exact dimensions (not to mention quantities of sugar, icing, and cake) used by cultish bakers hoping to claim victory for their gingerbread creations. While one cook from the Bronx has managed to concoct the largest gingerbread village—a rambling complex with 157 buildings, including brownstones, a town hall, and a hot chocolate brewery—a group from Texas has just been awarded by Guinness the, uh, creme de la creme of holiday baking honors: the largest gingerbread house in the world.

The stats, according to the New York Daily News: the 39,201.8-cubic-foot structure, created by members of the Texas A&M Traditions Club and volunteers from the community, measures 60 by 42 feet (20.11 at its highest peak), and consists of 3,000 pounds of brown sugar, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of flour, and 1,800 pounds of butter, totaling, uh, 36M calories. Stripping a 36,600-cubic-foot gingerbread house inside the Mall of America of its title, this Texas confection will also serve a charitable purpose: the $2 and $3 admissions fee will go toward the construction of a new trauma center and ER for a local hospital.

· World's largest gingerbread house raises money for Texas trauma center [NYDN]
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