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   xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Nov 14 02:36 AM

Nov 14, 2010: Paging Hansel and Gretel

Yo Hansel! Hey Gretel! Your gingerbread house is ready... almost.

The Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls, Canada, is preparing its third annual giant gingerbread house, complete with more than 600 pounds of gingerbread, 1,000 pounds of icing, 2,000 chocolate wafers, 750 cookies and 4,900 pretzels.
Construction of its two-story-high wooden frame began Monday, and today a culinary team will begin applying confections to the life-size candy cottage. Three full-time bakers, an executive chef and one sous chef will be dedicated to the project for the next two weeks.

"People stop in their tracks, the kids' eyes open up, and they just stand awestruck at this thing," Simmonds told AOL News. "And then when they figure out that it actually is made of candy, we see them secretly and discreetly trying to sneak away and get a piece of icing sugar that's hanging off to eat or grab a piece of licorice that's on a door. And that would be kids of all ages."
He said it happens about every five minutes.
"We do a lot of repairs on the fly and overnight. We try to keep people off as much as we can, but it's part of the fun. I mean, it is a totally edible structure."
They charge an extra $20, which goes to charity, to eat dinner inside the house. Then after New Years they tear it down.

"With the amount of hands and such that have been around it, it goes into the composting," Simmonds said. "We save the structure, then have to compost the consumables."

Sundae  Sunday Nov 14 05:43 AM

Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
They charge an extra $20, which goes to charity, to eat dinner inside the house.
Yup, I'd pay. What a wonderful idea.

Trilby  Sunday Nov 14 05:51 AM

I want one!

ETA - ever notice how so many fairy tales revolve around food/hunger? My favorite, Little Red Riding Hood, is a flat out foodie nightmare as is the Hansel and Gretl story - all about the dangers of gluttony.

Gravdigr  Sunday Nov 14 03:20 PM

I'd have to be hungry enough to eat one to even let a child in my house.

Scriveyn  Monday Nov 15 02:36 AM

Originally Posted by Brianna View Post
[...] My favorite, Little Red Riding Hood, is a flat out foodie nightmare [...]
Yeah, don't wolf down your food. It'll feel like stones in your tummy.

casimendocina  Wednesday Nov 17 05:39 AM

Has anyone seen the Heston's Feasts episode where he makes the gingerbread house? The whole thing is edible including the windows and doormat. The windows were made of baked liquid sugar and made to look like leadlight. He apparently wanted the guests to break the windows to get into the house which they did (not sure how much of this was contrived). The doormat, I think, was made of chocolate and had Welcome sprinkled in icing sugar across it. Like all of the Heston Feasts episodes, incredible.

xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Nov 17 07:00 AM

I had to Google Heston's Feasts, very entertaining.
I couldn't find a video of the gingerbread house, but...

casimendocina  Wednesday Nov 17 05:29 PM

That part of the episode with Germaine Greer was very entertaining.

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