Thursday, December 3, 2015
Largest gingerbread village: Jon Lovitch breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
NEW YORK, NY, USA -- For the third year in a row, Jon Lovitch, 39, has won the World Record for his GingerBread Lane - a 1.5-ton, 500-square-foot wonder of sugar and spice — on display now at the New York Hall of Science in Queens which sets the new world record for the Largest gingerbread village,
according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: A detail of the 2015 GingerBread Lane at the New York Hall of Science. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the largest gingerbread house had an internal volume of 1,110.1 m³ (39,201.8 ft³) and was created by Traditions Club (USA) at Traditions Club, Bryan, Texas, USA on 30 November 2013. The house was 18.28 m (60 ft) long, 12.8 m (42 ft) wide and 18.28 m (10.1 ft) tall at its highest point.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest gingerbread man; it weighed 651 kg (1,435 lb 3 oz) and was made by IKEA Furuset (Norway) in Oslo, Norway, on 9 November 2009. The ingredients inlude wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oil, fat, water, sirup, natron, cinnamon, ginger and salt. The giant gingerbread man was baked in one piece.
Lovitch, 39, handcrafted more than 1,000 structures, including a candy factory, coffee shop, carousel and trains.
Lovitch works on his creation all year, using 775 pounds of candy and 682 pounds of gingerbread dough.
What does it take to win the World Record for the world's largest gingerbread village? Roughly 1.5 tons of edible edifices—clocking in at 500 square feet and 1,120 structures, including a 10-square-foot candy factory, two trains, a Pumpkin Spice Latte Coffee Shoppe, and a double-decker Coney Island–style carousel.
There's 682 pounds of gingerbread dough, 775 pounds of candy from around the world, and 3,900 pounds of icing, enough to make children squeal and dentists sob.
At the end of the exhibition, chef Jon Lovitch will dismantle the village and donate some of the houses to children unable to visit the New York Hall of Science while other houses will be available for visitors to take home.
Through January 9 at the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Corona, New York; nysci.org
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