They say everything's bigger in Texas, and that's certainly true this holiday season.
The largest gingerbread house ever built, standing 20 feet high and composed of 39,201 cubic feet of gingerbread, has been constructed in Bryan, Texas.
Officially recognized by Guinness World Records, the tenaciously tasty treat was built by the members of the Traditions Club, a private golf club. They said they kept with the Guinness rules requiring that the entire outside structure was edible.
"We ate it all along," Bill Horton, the club's general manager, told GoodMorningAmerica.com.
"In fact," Horton continues, "The first day, when the Guinness World Records gentleman came, I was walking him around the building and in his British accent he asked if it was edible. So I bent down, picked up a piece that had fallen onto the ground and ate it. He looked at me and said, 'Either it's edible or you're an idiot.'"
The gingerbread house is made up of 22,304 pieces of candy and took about a month to build.
"There's loads of Twizzlers, loads of peppermint sticks, and spun-sugar glass work," said Horton. "Six-inch lollipops are all along the front, and plenty of green and red Life Savers."
But the world record-winning recipe doesn't stop there.
The spice-filled structure was made with 1,800 pounds of butter, 7,200 eggs, 225 gallons of molasses, 7,200 pounds of flour and close to 3,000 pounds of brown sugar. Combined with the massive amounts of candy, the house totals 36 million calories.
Besides the daily maintenance the gingerbread house requires, in addition to dealing with impending inclement weather, one of the biggest problems the club members encountered was in the form of Mother Nature.
"We've had a lot of bees during the day. It was covered in bees," Horton explained. "Once we started applying a lot of the icing, we had to call a beehive specialist. Normally this time of year there's no more bees, but I guess they can't resist this amount of sugar."
The gingerbread house, equipped with a Santa who sits inside, is open until Dec. 14. The club is donating all the profits from the project to the St. Joseph Trauma Level II Program.