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Chef creates 400-pound gingerbread replica of Wrigley Field (pics)


An Illinois chef figured out a delightfully culinary way to pay tribute to the Chicago Cubs breaking their 108-year-old World Series drought while at the same time keeping in the spirit of the upcoming holiday season: Creating a “gingerbread house” celebrating the Cubs’ beloved ballpark.

And let’s just say said chef pulled out all the stops — and spared no effort — while creating a massive replica of Wrigley Field. But that should go without saying when said gingerbread-based homage to Wrigley weighs in at a stupefying 400 pounds.

That’s right, 400 pounds.

Chef Gerald Madero of Forest Hills Country Club in Rockford, Ill., is the culinary constructor behind the gigantic, 4-foot-by-4-foot Wrigley replica. It was created as part of his employer’s annual Gingerbread Brunch, which was held on Sunday.

“Every year we do a display. We were just kicking around ideas and everybody thought it would be cool if we did Wrigley Field,” Madero said, via the Rockford Register Star. “I said I could totally do that. I love the challenge. The Cubs win is just the perfect thing — 108 years. What could be better?”

It certainly isn’t the first time a beloved and hallowed sporting locale has been memorialized in gingerbread (here), but it’s arguably the best one.

The ginormous Gingerbread Wrigley required more than 70 hours of work took two weeks to build. The windows are made of gelatin and the scoreboard out of edible paper. The seats are made out of crackers while cookies comprise the floors. In fact, everything is edible outside of the players, which are made of Legos.

Perhaps the only bad part of the creation? Its fate. After being displayed until just after New Year’s, Madero says of the Gingerbread Wrigley: “We just trash it.”

Talk about a crushing sugar crash.