World's largest gingerbread house completed in Bryan, Texas

The house measures at more than 39,000 cubic feet and contains more than 39 million calories. Photo: CNN/KBTX

(KBTX/CNN) - In Texas, they say everything is bigger, and this Christmas season, that includes gingerbread houses.

Specifically, a house - literally, a full-sized house - made of gingerbread has been verified as the world's largest on record.

Michael Menchaca, the executive chef at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas, says he put an enormous amount of time and energy into constructing the delectable dwelling, which measures at 39,201.8 cubic feet. He says that the biggest challenge toward completing the project was wind and rain.

"We had to go back to the drawing board and pull out a lot more of the liquids," he said.

To qualify as the new Guinness World Record holder as the world's largest gingerbread house, the entire structure had to be edible on the outside. The challenge of actually building the structure outdoors proved to be enormous, but not insurmountable.

The entire project was undertaken to benefit the trauma center at St. Joseph's Hospital at Texas A&M University.

"I think what impresses me most is the community spirit around the record attempt," Menchaha said. "People came together for this remarkable cause and really worked hard at it."

In case you're curious, the total caloric content of the house is 35,823,400.

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