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Long back in Germany, the first gingerbread house was made after bakers got inspired by the Brothers Grimm tale, Hansel and Gretel. Since that time, gingerbread house designs have become super popular. For some families, constructing a gingerbread house is a family tradition. Most gingerbread masterpieces are replicas of real architecture, made with patience and precise details. What makes them so sweet is not sugar, honey, or even icing. It is the amount of love that goes into makiing it, from designing the house, to baking the bread, to putting it all together for hours!
Here are some of the best gingerbread houses ever made.
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This is a replica of Winchester Mystery House, a Victorian mansion and architectural marvel in San Jose, California. The real house, unlike most homes of its era, was a 160-room Victorian mansion that had modern heating and sewer systems, gas lights that operated by pressing a button, three working elevators, and 47 fireplaces. From rambling roofs and exquisite hand inlaid parquet floors, to the gold and silver chandeliers and Tiffany art glass windows, you will be impressed by the staggering amount of creativity, energy, and expense poured into each and every detail. The same holds true for the edible version.
Castles are magnificent architecture. Gingerbread castles are equally as marvelous, edible too even if rarely is such a creation eaten. The Sugar Castle, displayed in the historic Westin St. Francis hotel in San Francisco, took over 400 hours to create and was modeled after European architecture. Some of these castles were National Gingerbread House competition winners, but we think they are all winners.
Not all gingerbread houses resemble a house. The top candy house is gingerbread but not warm and fuzzy with happy chee
Some bakers set their eye on a high prize, so large and impressive it could only be the White House. Most of these fabulous creations go on to win prizes. Some don't look like they were created from gingerbread, but each one was. The ones turned from obvious gingerbread to a lighter house took the white in White House quite literally.
his house was inspired by the winner of the Newfoundland Historic award. The original house is believed to have been designed by W.F. Butler, famed for designing many grand Queen Ann Revival Style homes. The intricate details on this gingerbread house are astounding.
Family tradition in baking gingerbread houses tend to make each house grander than the year before. This house was inspired by the winner of the Newfoundland Historic award. The original house is believed to have been designed by W.F. Butler, famed for designing many grand Queen Ann Revival Style homes. The intricate details on this gingerbread house are astounding. It took about 60 hours to complete this fantastic Victorian Rowhouse.