Stevens Point, Wisconsin – Once again the staff of the Stevens Point Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center has gone all out with its holiday display in its main lobby. The space is dominated by a 12-foot Christmas tree, model train display, and another huge Gingerbread House created by various members of the hotel staff.
The Gingerbread House was truly a group project. The sales staff coordinated the initial planning stages, and the maintenance team created the Styrofoam frame and built the wooden platform. Chef Albert Schlaepfer and sous chef John Marshall worked with the hotel’s culinary staff to bake the gingerbread, create the walls, and embellishing them with candy details. Then the housekeeping staff worked on decorating the platform and the surrounding areas of the lobby, and the front desk staff serves as our tour guides when people visit.
This year’s Gingerbread House measures 6 feet tall. It weighs approximately 550 pounds and was made from the following ingredients:
- 52 pounds of butter
- 5 gallons of corn syrup
- 48 pounds of brown sugar
- 165 pounds of flour
- 102 pounds of confectioners’ sugar
- 305 egg whites
- 10 pounds of crushed candy canes
- 63 whole candy canes
- 1,247 individual pieces of candy
For comparison, last year’s Gingerbread House, which measured about 4 feet tall, was made from 90 pounds of confectioners’ sugar, 220 egg whites, and 10-1/2 pounds of flour.
Once again, Phil Gjevre of Stevens Point has donated the use of a Lionel toy train for our Gingerbread House display. Gjevre is a member of the Central Wisconsin Model Railroaders club, which will hold its 17th annual model railroad show and sale at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center on January 18-19, 2014