Over-the-Top Gingerbread Houses
Gallons of icing, pounds of chocolate and countless sheets of gingerbread went into building these 13 inventive and incredibly detailed creations, from a towering homage to an '80s comedy film classic to an entire German-Hawaiian gingerbread village.
Location: The Grove Park Inn & Spa's 2009 Gingerbread Competition (Asheville, NC)
Ten-year-old Lydia Gentry of Hendersonville, North Carolina, made creative use of edible materials to construct her prize-winning gingerbread house. Lydia thatched her cottage's roof with shredded wheat cereal, used chocolate rocks on the foundation and chimney, and poured hard candy to create the cottage windows. Outside, frosting-covered pasta formed porch supports while a chocolate candy and tapioca pearl walkway wound its way beneath a vine-covered trellis (gum paste, pasta and frosting), past rose bushes made of crushed cereal and marshmallow, and through a lawn made of frosting and speckled with coconut "snow."