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Over-the-Top Gingerbread Houses

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Santa's German Gingerbread Village

Location: The Sheraton Princess Ka'iulani Hotel, 2010 (Honolulu, HI)

Hotel executive chef Ralf Bauer and a team of culinary architects spent over 660 hours designing and constructing a gingerbread village that paid homage to both Bauer's native Germany and to old Hawaii. Medieval churches, bell towers, train stations, a carousel and skating rink mingled with iconic Hawaiian structures like the Kawaiha'o mission church and the magnificent Iolani Palace. The winter wonderland stood over 14 1/2 feet high and 24 feet wide and was made with 200 gallons of icing, 100 pounds of dark chocolate, 30 pounds of white chocolate and 60 sheets of gingerbread.

Photo courtesy of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Waikiki

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