The Ritz has installed a gingerbread-house version of the Old Red Courthouse, currently on view in the lobby. Inspired by the red sandstone courthouse built in 1892 — now known as the Old Red Museum — the miniature Old Red is constructed of gingerbread with fondant icing.
Chefs at the Ritz-Carlton spent the last several weeks on the unprecedented project. The edible structure took 50 hours to mix, bake, ice and assemble. Luckily for us, they kept a tally on some of the numbers.
Weighing more than 140 pounds, the gingerbread house is 4 feet by 10 inches long, 2 feet by 8 inches wide and 3 feet high. It's made of 21 pounds of corn syrup, 16 pounds of brown sugar, 11 pounds of butter, 51 pounds of frosting and 39 pounds of sugar.