My family and I recently spent two days at Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls to kick off the holiday season (this is a yearly tradition for us). Like every December, the place looked absolutely magical with decorations, lights and a huge gingerbread house in the lobby.
The gingerbread house really caught my attention this year as it was noticeably different than the one they had last year (I was looking at photos from our last trip before this one so it really stood out). After a bit of prodding I discovered that the gingerbread house not only changes every year, but it’s made out of real ingredients!
Here are 10 cool facts about the gingerbread house that the nice folks at Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls shared with me.
- Baking of the house started three months in advance.
- Besides the wooden frame, everything else is edible.
- Planning for the annual project starts in August.
- There’s a real fireplace inside the gingerbread house.
- Six adults can dine comfortably inside.
- There was 30 hours of baking and prep before construction of the house began.
- Four chefs spent 50 hours to decorate the house.
- Four carpenters took 80 hours to build the structure.
- 1322 pounds of icing sugar was used to make the gingerbread house!
- 132 pounds of flour, 240 eggs, 71 litres of egg whites, 44 pounds of white sugar, 11 pounds of white chocolate and 5 pounds of glitter was also used!!
If you’re visiting Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls this December and want to dine inside the gingerbread house, you can make a reservation for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a fee of $20. Proceeds of the fee go to Ronald McDonald Houses in Hamilton, Toronto and Southwestern Ontario.