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Giant Edible Gingerbread House

How sweet is this? It's a real-life Hansel and Gretel gingerbread house! Thankfully however, this story has a much sweeter ending. To help raise funding for The Great Ormond Street Hospital, architectural firm Alma-nac was commissioned by The Brunswick Center to create a massive gingerbread house in their gallery. Completely edible, the 10-foot tall house features an opening front facade and a number interactive and beautiful details such as a jelly chandelier, popcorn-popping chimney, cupcake landscape and much more.

Over 2,500 gingerbread tiles make up the outside shingling of the house along with some vanilla and chocolate shortbread tiles that create the cobbling effect. The interior is crafted out of belgian waffles, wafers, and bourbon biscuits. Much was done in the way of research and testing to acquire the strongest and most durable materials that were also edible. Overall, it took 177lbs of gingerbread, 144lbs of chocolate ganache, 25 liters of icing, 660 gallons of marshmallows, 400 meringues, and more gummi candies than one can count to create this belly-ache inducing home.

After it was completed, the house was then devoured by 1,000 children and parents in just over three days! Whatever was left was composted and used to help grow apple trees.

Alma-nac's websitevia [AJ Buildings LIbrary]

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