What has 2,000 pounds of icing, four hundred pounds of candy and four hundred pounds of gingerbread dough? Between now and January 12th, you can head over to the New York Hall of Science to experience Gingerbread Lane, what could potentially be the world’s largest gingerbread village and a contender for the Guinness World Record for the largest gingerbread exhibit.
We headed to Queens on a recent Saturday afternoon for a glimpse of the life-sized gingerbread village. Chef Jon Lovitch, the executive sous chef at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, has produced his 20th installment of an edible winter wonderland, complete with152 houses, a subway system, a lake, a bakery, shops, trees, cable cars, a firehouse and more.
Visually, it’s a spectacle, quite unlike anything you’d ever expect to see anywhere. My kids were mesmerized by the amount of candy in the village. It’s sparkly, colorful and plentiful. It’s 300-square long and has enough candies and gum drops to make your eyes pop out. A behind-the-scenes window gives a peek into the makings of Gingerbread Lane with ovens, models and ingredients made entirely from royal icing. The Five two-foot-high nutcrackers, also made of royal icing, stand guard over the exhibit and there are directions in the back about how to create gingerbread men
My kids were drooling at the candy – it’s hard not to when you’re staring at gobs of candy canes, chocolate and gumdrops! Out of the respect for the museum…and the chef…they kept their hands to themselves.
On January 12th, Lovitch will break it down and give each of the 152 houses away to NYSCI visitors. The line opens at 10 am and the giveaway starts at noon.
The exhibit is free with NYSCI admission.
GingerBread Lane, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, (718) 699-0005, through Jan. 12, 2014. For more information go here.