I’d call this car mint, but there doesn’t appear to be a single mint on it. Instead, there’s 150 pounds of gingerbread, 300 pounds of icing, lots of food coloring and an assortment of M&Ms, sugar and graham cracker crumbs. As if building a life-size gingerbread replica of a 1948 Ford Woodie wasn’t enough, pastry chef Brian Sundeen and his staff also created a beach scene diorama in the back of the wagon. It’s edible, too, since the buildings are gingerbread and the sand is made from unprocessed sugar and graham cracker crumbs.
The team spent over 800 hours building this creation, which is on display at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, CA, until December 31. I’m not sure what the plan is after that, but I don’t know anyone who wants to eat a piece of two week old gingerbread, especially if it’s been sitting in a hotel lobby. That definitely exceeds the five second rule if you ask me.