Home Sweet Home: You Have to See the World's Largest Gingerbread House

This bigger-than-life holiday home is made from 1,800 pounds of butter and more than 22,000 candies

If you're like us, you're probably eating more calories this holiday season than you’d care to count. But nothing compares to 36 million of them! That's the number of calories in the world's largest gingerbread house.

Private golf club and residential community Traditions Club in Texas partnered with St. Joseph's Health System to build the candy mansion and break the Guinness World Record for the largest holiday house -- taking the title from a previous building inside Minnesota's Mall of America.

The nearly 40 million cubic foot structure is more than 20 feet tall at its highest point and a whopping 60 feet long -- so basically a life-sized house.

Its construction required 1,800 pounds of butter, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of flour and nearly 3,000 pounds of brown sugar. Plus, 22,304 pieces of candy to deck its halls! 

All net profits will go to St. Joseph's trauma center -- so far more than $150,000 has been raised from visitors; the house is open to the public, and is on view through December 14.

Our tummies may ache just thinking about it, but it sure does our hearts good.

Visit the Traditions Club Facebook page to see more photos and watch this time-lapse video of the sweet setup.

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter.

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