Throughout the month of December, the Hyatt Carmel Highlands will feature a holiday gingerbread display. For the display, the Hyatt Carmel Highlands Culinary team will be creating a miniaturized gingerbread version of the hotel, which will be placed in the Sunset Lounge for all to enjoy. In anticipation of the cookie structure, here are some fun facts about gingerbread houses:
The gingerbread house became popular in Germany after the Brothers Grimm published their fairy tale collection which included "Hansel and Gretel" in the 19th century.
Early German settlers brought this lebkuchenhaeusle - gingerbread house - tradition to the Americas.
Hyatt entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 2005 with the world's largest gingerbread man.
At the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota on November 22, 2006 the largest gingerbread house was constructed in the largest mall in the United States — seven Yankee Stadiums could fit inside the Mall of America! The gingerbread house measured more than 67 feet tall, and it took Pelcher and his team nine days to construct the 1,496-square-foot confection. We wonder how long it would take to eat it!