Gingerbread houses originated in Germany during the 16th century. The cookie-walled house has since become a Christmas tradition. The first gingerbread houses were decorated with foil and gold leaf. Ginger root was first cultivated in China where it was commonly used as a medical treatment. In Medieval England the name gingerread meant, "preserved ginger" and wasnt used for desserts until the 15th Century. It spread to Europe where it became popular as an effective remedy for stomach ailments, and to build resistance to the plague. Gingerbread houses were popularized by the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, "Hansel and Gretel", in which the children stumble across a house made of treats deep in the forest.

Recently, the record for the world's largest gingerbread house was set the by Mall of America. The house spanned nearly 40,000 cubic feet. Constructed with 4,000 gingerbread bricks...the house required a building permit. The recipe incuded 1,800 pounds of butter and 1,080 ounces of ground ginger.

Form our house to your house, the team at Big Island Builders wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

Big Island Builders is a luxury custom homebuilder providing inspired living since 1999. To the smallest detail the team at Big Island Builders is passionate about the quality and care that goes into every custom home. Building in Naples and Marco Island, Florida they have a long-standing reputation for customer care. Visit www.big islandbuilders.com or call 239.262.6867.

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