NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - It's not hard to find signs of the holiday season around town. At the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown New Orleans, part of the decor includes a giant streetcar made of gingerbread.
Executive Chef Eric Damidot and his culinary team worked for four and a half days baking and assembling the sweet masterpiece. It's 16 feet long, 5 feet wide and 8 feet tall.
The hotel says they used 1,000 full sheet pans of gingerbread and thousands of candy decorations. Chef Damidot says it weighs 800 pounds and they needed a forklift to move it into position.
It's made of 2,000 pounds of butter, 3,000 pounds of sugar, 3,000 eggs, 3,000 pounds of flour, 70 liters of molasses, 30 pounds of cinnamon powder, 10 pounds of ground ginger and 10 pounds of ground cloves.
"Everyday I have to go because people are taking the candies, they are stealing the candies, and eating them and poking. So everyday I have to do some facelift a little bit to fix it and put some more candies," Chef Damidot said.
The nearly life-sized gingerbread streetcar is located on the third floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Visitors can view the display through Christmas.