This gingerbread village depicts various buildings right here in Hawaii - Iolani Palace, the Moana Surfrider (complete with rocking chairs on the veranda), and the historic Kawaiahao Church.
|The Sheraton Moana Surfrider, with the Kawaiahao Church in the background|
The village is not made with pre-fabricated sheets, they are gingerbread bricks. According to Chef Ralf Bauer, the architect of this wonder "it’s what keeps the village special.” He and his team begin making the components for the village in September. Although the base of the buildings is actually Styrofoam, each one is then painted with melted chocolate and covered with small gingerbread bricks that are approximately an inch-and-a-quarter long.
Each of the gingerbread villages are interlinked by ski lifts, ice-skating ponds, working carousels, and a train station all made from icing, spun sugar, gelatin, chocolate, and of course gingerbread.
Here are some of the stats that go into making this happen:
- 100 pounds of dark chocolate
- 30 pounds of white chocolate
- 60 sheets of gingerbread bricks
- 200 gallons of icing
- And tons of Aloha!
It certainly was a spectacular sight and I can't wait to see what they come up with in 2011. My only wish is that they move the display back to the Sheraton Moana Surfrider because it is such a classic hotel.
|The Christmas tree in the lobby of the Sheraton Moana Surfrider|