Extreme Makeover: Gingerbread Edition

By Beacon Staff

My coworkers chastised me for acknowledging that every gingerbread house I’ve ever made, I subsequently – at least in part – ate. To which I asked logically: “Why would you make an edible house if you had no intention of eating it?” The consensus was that it tastes bad. But I would argue that stale graham crackers and crunchy gumdrops taste better than half the dinners I concoct at home. That’s probably why watching this time-lapsed construction of a 16-foot gingerbread house made my stomach growl.

Built each year in the lobby at Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort, instead of nails and wood the house required 1,050 pounds of honey, 800 pounds of flour and 600 pounds of chocolate. That’s not all. To make a ginger-mansion you will need at least 180 pounds of apricot glaze and 35 pounds of spices.

The video shows three days of construction in 30 seconds. Along with the mounds of edible ingredients, to construct a life-size graham house of this magnitude you need dozens of laborers, several ladders and at least one crane. The ginger-mansion is also roped off in the video – presumably so no one will eat it.

I can’t be the only one who would like to. And while some may think that’s “gross,” I believe such accusations are a bit hypocritical after learning about their shady food preferences.