Monday, December 28, 2015

You can have dinner in this massive gingerbread house

At the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain resort in Marana, Arizona, there is a life-size gingerbread house where you can have your dinner. It’s like something out of Hansel and Gretel and comes complete with a roaring fire. But don’t worry, you won’t run into the evil child-eating witch on these premises.

This isn't your little kitchen table gingerbread house. Just like the fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel", this house comes complete with a dining table and a roaring fireplace.What you will find is a three-course menu, reports the Associated Press Dec. 26. Anyone can walk through the 19-foot high gingerbread house for free so long as no one has reserved it. $150 can get up to six people seating in a space that smells and looks good enough to eat. Then the party can order food and beverages from the hotel kitchen and bar.

The house was built from scratch using gingerbread bricks that were created by top-of-the-line pastry chefs. They used 200 pounds of ginger powder, 400 pounds of honey, 50 pounds of cinnamon and 10 pounds of nutmeg for the house. More than 4,000 bricks in all were created to make the building. The bricks and windows were decorated with gumdrops and candy canes.

The house has been up since Thanksgiving but pastry chefs began construction in June. They made batches of red-tinted gingerbread everyday and then cut them into bricks. It took 13 people and four days to put the house together after the bricks were ready.

The inside of the house features a handmade dining table which makes up part of the elegant place setting.

The gingerbread bricks are safe to eat (though staff urges visitors to not take souvenirs). Staff saw some children licking gingerbread walls but luckily no one ran off with parts of the house.

The life-sized gingerbread house is a project Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain would like to do in some form or another for the 2016 holidays. Although the house isn’t an original idea, it is a bit different than others’ life-size houses which usually just put up a gingerbread facade and ignore the insides of the house.

*originally published at the now defunct

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