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Sugar, spice & everything nice

It’s made of sugar and spice and everything nice, and it took a whopping 14 days to build! It’s an elaborate gingerbread village that’s on display in the lobby of The Royal tower of the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island.

The amazing site that is the gingerbread village greets guests who are awed by the intricate details of the massive sugary creation.

Atlantis’ food and beverage team used more than 330 pounds of gingerbread, candies and chocolates to bring this tasty gingerbread village to life. Over the course of 14 days, a team of three to five chefs worked on the project for 12 hours a day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. — amounting to 168 hours in total.

The village was assembled and decorated in the Neptune Ballroom at the Atlantis resort before being taken apart and transported – by truck – to The Royal lobby.

To make the gingerbread village, the food and beverage team used 340 pounds of icing sugar; 120 pounds of pasteurized egg whites; 100 pounds of sugar paste; eight pounds cinnamon cloves, ginger, nutmeg, spices and powdered sugar; 40 pounds of white chocolate; 60 pounds of dark chocolate; 24 cans and eight bags of faux snow; and 100 pounds of candies.

And the sweet stuff didn’t end there. Several candies were also used to create the gingerbread village – bulk large peppermint candy canes, bulk mini peppermint candy canes, green candy sticks, red candy sticks, white candy buffet assortment, large green gumballs, machine-sized gumballs, red chocolate candies, green chocolate candies, gold chocolate coins, silver chocolate coins, white peppermint candy canes, red jelly beans, red foil-wrapped caramels, green foil-wrapped caramels, white jelly beans, silver butter mints, giant candy canes, silver sprinkles, white sprinkles and red sprinkles.

The gingerbread village will remain on display until the new year, and people are encouraged to visit The Royal tower at the Atlantis resort and take photos of the beautiful Christmas creation.

As an aside, gingerbread houses are an excellent way to celebrate both creativity and bring in the new year. It is said that gingerbread houses can be traced as far back as Ancient Greece and Egypt.

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