Did You Know? (Gingerbread Edition)

The world’s largest gingerbread house was 45 feet, 6 inches long, and 35 feet, 6 inches wide, and 60 feet tall at its highest point. It was built at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. The largest gingerbread man weighed in at 1,308 pounds, 8 ounces. I found this information in the 2009 edition of the Guinness World Records on pages 148 and 124 respectively. The 2010 edition of the Guiness World Records is hot off the presses and available at the Everett Public Library as well.

If you want to try your hand at working with gingerbread yourself, you’ll find some really creative gingerbread houses to try in the book The Gingerbread Architect by Susan Matheson and Lauren Chattman.

Of course, buildings aren’t the only things made out of gingerbread. For some really interesting gingerbread crafts, consult Gingerbread Houses, Animals and Decorations by Joana Farrow.

Finally, no post on gingerbread would be complete without the mention of the classic children’s story The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Gladone.