Arizona Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain builds life-sized gingerbread house that you can eat inside

Posted at 1:07 PM, Dec 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-02 15:07:55-05

Make no mistake -- this is no fairytale.

There is a real gingerbread house in Arizona decorated with candies, windows and a working fireplace, and you can have dinner inside it.

The life-sized house was mixed and baked at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Resort in Marana, Ariz. It took a team of five people working 12 hours a day for five days to build it, according to a hotel spokesperson.

It is located inside the resort's lobby where guests and the public can check it out. If you want to have dinner at the six-person table, there is a $200 to $250 rental fee, plus the cost of dinner. Guests can order off their regular menu or from a three- or four-course menu.

What is the gingerbread house made of?

  • 400 pounds of honey
  • 856 pounds of sugar
  • 350 pounds of flour
  • 100 pounds of ginger powder
  • 50 pounds of cinnamon
  • 250 eggs
  • 10 pounds of nutmeg
  • A lot of frosting and candies

Technically, the house is edible. However, it's not recommended you try and take a bite out of the walls.

Reservations are required for dinner. Those can be made by calling 520-572-3401 and will be accepted through Dec. 28.

Dove Mountain did a similar experience last year.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
13900 N. Dove Mountain Blvd., Marana AZ 85658
Reservations: 520-572-3401