The Broadmoor’s annual giant gingerbread display this year is based on the resort’s “Heartfelt – Home for the Holidays” theme as friends who are dear to us gather near to us once again this year.

Standing roughly 10’ tall x 12’ wide x 8’ deep, building a Gingerbread Chateau is no easy feat. This year’s sugary masterpiece involved 2 carpenters and 10 pastry chefs, and took approximately 288 elf hours to complete. Crafted with The Broadmoor’s very own in-house gingerbread recipe, here are the ingredients by the numbers:

958lbs of Powdered Sugar

475lbs of Flour

650 Eggs

19lbs of Holiday Spices

200lbs of Honey

128lbs of Molasses

6lbs of Salt

164lbs of Dark Chocolate

89lbs of Butter

3lbs of Baking Soda

10lbs of Heavy Cream

2lbs of Fresh Yeast

160 Chocolate Bars

20lbs of Candy Canes

40lbs of Cherry Slices

24lbs of Green Apple Gummy Bears

20lbs of Chocolate Leaves

20lbs of Chocolate Stars

30lbs of Hot Tamales

960 Gilliam Peppermint Sticks

21lbs of Jordan Almonds

“The pastry team begins the production of the gingerbread baked goods and chocolate for the display in early November and take turns working on it in shifts,” said David Patterson, executive chef. “It’s a labor of love but watching guests and visitors – especially children – enjoy the display is quite magical,” he added. “The Broadmoor’s annual giant gingerbread displays certainly add a special touch of fun to the holidays.”

Located in The Broadmoor’s main building mezzanine, the sweet display is open for all to enjoy now through New Year’s Day.

While it may be close to life-sized, this cozy cookie chateau is not bookable, but those interested in staying the night may take advantage of special holiday programming and winter rates at The Broadmoor by visiting Broadmoor.com.

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