Not yet, anyway. But he was probably making mental notes on Great Wolf Lodge’s masterpiece.
For the third year in a row, Great Wolf Lodge has baked and built mammoth gingerbread houses in each of the 12 water parks the company owns.
It’s part of the Dine In & Donate campaign. For a $10 donation, guests can reserve spots for up to six people to eat in the edible home, with proceeds going toward Big Brothers Big Sisters.
“It’s a wonderful organization,” said Sarah Wysong-Miller, general manager of the Great Wolf Lodge in Perkins Township.
Diners choose from the menus of either the Gitchigoomie Grill, or the Lumberjack Cooks Shanty Breakfast, and the donation is added to the cost of the meal.
Aside from the home’s frame, every aspect of the creation is edible: the gingerbread walls, chocolate logs, Pop Tart roof and Peep ceiling.
Peep reindeer line the door, while Peep chicken line the inside ceiling. Hot Tamales and Mike and Ikes add color to the display, not to mention a tasty testament to the detailed craftsmanship.
Large gingerbread men stand alongside the home, greeting visitors.
The hard part was the icing. It’s difficult to get the right consistency — it has to adhere everything, while still having the right look, Miller said.
From baking to building, it took about a month for the staff at Great Wolf Lodge to make the gingerbread house a reality.
People can dine in the home through Dec. 28, and it’ll be on display through Jan. 5.
“So people can come even after the holidays,” Miller said.
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