It’s not Christmas at the White House without a jaw-dropping gingerbread house from the White House pastry chefs, and this year the Obama administration has released a behind-the-scenes video of how they constructed their 300-pound replica of the US president’s home.
It took executive pastry chef Bill Yosses and his team more than six weeks to bake and build their White House, using 175 pounds of gingerbread and 50 pounds of white chocolate, according to the Obama Foodorama blog.
In a departure from tradition, the pastry chefs chose to model the White House pre-1798, before it was painted white, the White House blog reported. They mixed wheat, rye and white flour to create gingerbread that matches the color of the unpainted White House. (In previous years, the facade was covered with white chocolate.)
Here's a round-up of the other gingerbread White Houses over the years.