Hilton Americas-Houston’s 7.6 Million Calorie Gingerbread House Tempts Visitors
Life-Size Holiday Scene Tips Scale at Over 2.5 Tons
HOUSTON - It's beginning to look a lot like...gingerbread! Set in the midst of the lighted winter wonderland of 'Tis the Season, over 2.5 tons and 7.6 million calories of sugary confection await holiday travelers. Hilton Americas-Houston Pastry Chef Mahesh Weerasinghe and Sous Pastry Chef Glenna Artripe, along with the hotel's property operations team, have created a holiday gingerbread display that would tempt even Hansel and Gretel.
A monumental life-size house made entirely of gingerbread and chocolate reaches toward the ceiling of the main lobby rotunda, towering over the chocolate holiday scene set below. Reaching almost as high as the hotel's iconic blown-glass chandelier, the immense holiday house is handcrafted from 750 pounds of gingerbread, 1,200 pounds of dark chocolate and 726 pounds of sugar - the largest of its kind in Houston.
The massive house is covered with hand-made sugary confections, with both the exterior and interior of the house decorated and furnished. Outside the house, hand-sculpted full-color chocolate children build a white chocolate snowman, several chocolate deer stand alert, a chocolate Christmas tree covered with fresh fallen sugar snow towers near the house and sugar icicles sparkle near the chocolate mailbox with letter to Santa. Over 725 additional pounds of white and milk chocolate tinted with coloring covers the chocolate figures, each hand-painted one inch at a time.
The illuminated interior of the house allows visitors to see inside, where the chocolate table and chairs, oven filled with gingerbread men on cookie sheets, plus solid chocolate pots, pans and
cooking utensils await the chocolate family's arrival. A cozy gingerbread fireplace complete with chocolate logs and sugar flames, comfy chocolate rocking chair and lighted Christmas tree decorated with sugar ornaments add the perfect sweet holiday touch.
No holiday scene would be complete without a visit from Santa Claus. Children and adults alike can create holiday memories with Breakfast with Santa, Saturday and Sunday mornings beginning December 2 through December 17 at 1600 Bar+Grille, located adjacent to the gingerbread house. Photos with Santa are always a must, and families will find the perfect Santa spot in the lobby near the restaurant.
An estimated 1850 man hours and five months of creative work and construction went into the making of this intricately carved and sculpted confectionary creation. This delectable gingerbread and chocolate Christmas vignette, open to the public, is on display in the main lobby rotunda of Hilton Americas-Houston, located at 1600 Lamar Street, from Wednesday, November 22 through Thursday, December 28, when the inedible lacquer-covered work of art will go into storage awaiting next year's additions.
Directly connected to the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hilton Americas-Houston contains the city's largest number of guest rooms, ballrooms, hotel meeting space, and the most technologically advanced services available under one roof. Conveniently situated between Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park, this AAA Four Diamond rated hotel boasts 1,200 elegantly appointed guestrooms, 91,500 square feet of flexible, technologically advanced meeting space, restaurants, lobby bars, Starbucks and full service spa and health club.
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