Is there anything that tastes and smells more like Christmas than Gingerbread? I love that Christmas tradition. My kids and I begin our holiday vacation by baking gingerbread men and making a gingerbread house. Initially, I thought I was Betty Crocker and I tried to make the gingerbread house from scratch. Those were always “pinterest fails” and I would have to repair them constantly with loads of icing.
Now there are Gingerbread House kits that you can buy and assemble. This is equally fun and they usually turn out way better. But the best Gingerbread houses are the ones at Walt Disney World. Each year, guests travel from around the world to see the beautifully-crafted gingerbread creations that adorn the parks and resorts.
This year marks the 18th anniversary of the Holiday Carousel – a life-size, edible spinning carousel that’s become a holiday tradition at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. This year’s carousel is designed by Pastry Chefs Thomas Huebner, Jennifer Ladisky and Cindy Roman. The Lilo and Stitch-themed carousel features horses with hand-painted holiday characters and hand-crafted gingerbread snow flakes.
The largest and most magnificent stands at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. This year marks the 19th anniversary of its famous life-size gingerbread house, which will be located in the main lobby of the resort Nov. 15-Jan. 1. Each year, the Grand Floridian pastry team, led by Executive Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, spend over 400 hours baking the gingerbread and over 160 hours constructing and decorating the house. It is guaranteed to put you in a Christmas mood.
I think gingerbread tastes better when shaped like Mickey Mouse. Don’t you?