The popularity of gingerbread houses skyrocketed in Germany after the Brothers Grimm published “Hansel and Gretel”.
The term gingerbread is used to describe a variety of foods ranging from the hard biscuits used to make gingerbread houses to soft loaf cakes more reminiscent of bread. To be considered gingerbread, the recipe must feature ginger as a dominant flavor and use either honey or molasses to add sweetness.
The world’s largest gingerbread house was constructed in 2001 and stood approximately 67 feet high. It utilized 1,800 Hershey bars, 1,200 feet of Twizzlers, 100 pounds of tootsie rolls, and thousands of other pieces of candy as decorations. The construction took nine days to complete and it and was housed at the Mall of America in Minnesota.