Behold: a nearly 300-pound replica of our nation's most famous home! With working electric lights, chocolate furniture, a candy replica of the Kitchen Garden, a marzipan First Dog, Christmas trees made from blown sugar globes and a Santa Claus on the roof with reindeer, it's no wonder the First Lady reportedly called this gingerbread masterpiece "phenomenal".
Frank Lloyd Wright
"Using 164 different pieces of gingerbread, 3 batches of hard candy, 12 square feet of gingerbread dough, 8 bags of sugar for the frosting, and over 40 sleeves of Smarties to make the dry stack stone", culinary artist Melonie Dreadon was able to recreate a miniature and delicious version Frank Lloyd Wright's chef d'oeuvre Fallingwater.
Every year, the chefs at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani create an edible spectacle for their guests. One year's theme— "Hawaii and the World"—featured gingerbread recreations of monuments like the Eiffel Tower, London's Tower Bridge, and this Japanese Pagoda. Yum!
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Classic Old Mill
The National Gingerbread House Competition, an annual tradition at The Grove Park Inn, awarded Lydia Gentry first prize in the child's division for this stunning mill. Chewing gum shingles and a chocolate rock gravel driveway are details that make this young gingerbread architect's work really stand out.
We couldn't brag about the gingerbread White House without showing its counterpart from across the pond. Feast your eyes on the gingerbread Buckingham Palace, complete with marshmallow Queen's Guard. Home to the British Royals since 1837; the Castle-I-Most-Want-to-Eat since 2012.
This incredible, edible Sphinx was showcased at the NYC hotel Le Parker Meridien, which hosts a gingerbread auction for charity every year, made possible by "houses" donated from local bakeries. Sure, it's not technically a house... but a near-perfect recreation (in baked goods) of one of the world's great wonders? That's something we'll applaud any day.
In case you needed another reason to fly south for the winter, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort celebrates the holiday season by showcasing its gingerbread house of epic proportions. This annual tradition calls for 800 pounds of flour, 1050 pounds of honey and 140 pints of egg whites, as well as at least a dozen pairs of hands to construct. Standing at 16 feet tall, it takes a crane to finish this masterpiece with a dusting of powdered sugar snow.
"Best in Show" at the Boston Christmas Festival was this impossibly intricate Santa's Workshop from the Wicked Goodies bakery. Over three feet tall, this large-and-in-charge construction comes complete with Christmas trees, snowmen, a reindeer stable, elves making candy toys, and even Santa himself relaxing by a jellybean fireplace.
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Taking first place at the King Arthur Flour gingerbread competition was this fantastic recreation of a historic gatehouse in Potsdam, NY. The edible high pitched gable roof and the delicate bell tower were executed to perfection—and it's no wonder with the artist's architectural background.
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