Smithville, Texas: World Record Gingerbread Man MonumentThe mold from the town's Guinness World Record 20-ft tall edible cookie was turned into a permanent monument (Sorry, the cookie has been long since nibble-vaporized).
- Main St., Smithville, TX
- South end of Main Street in Smithville, at the intersection of Main and First Streets.
Visitor Tips and News About World Record Gingerbread Man Monument
Smithville is a neat little stop. There are many photo opportunities at the welcome center where Smitty the Gingerbread Man is located.[Courtney, 08/05/2011]
The gingerbread man has symbolized Smithville's Annual Festival of Lights celebration for many years, but in 2005 one of the event organizers had an idea of how to bring the town's beloved symbol its just desserts! Why not bake a huge gingerbread cookie -- in fact, the world's biggest -- to show the world that Smithville thinks big!
So after a year of experimenting with recipes, calculating the outdoor baking conditions, creating a giant cookie sheet, and gathering the needed sponsorships and ingredient donations, the gingerbread man became a reality on December 2, 2006, at the 16th Annual Festival of Lights celebration. He weighed 1,308 lbs, 8 oz and measured 20 feet from head-to-toe. He consisted of 750 lbs of flour, 49 gallons of molasses, and 72 dozen eggs (separated!). He was baked over a dump truck load of charcoal before being raised by crane to an angle of 65 degrees in order to qualify for the Guinness World Record.
The staff at Guinness officially recognized the feat in 2008, and included Smithville's accomplishment in its 2009 edition (pg. 124).
In honor of being officially named the World's Biggest Gingerbread Man, the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Smithville retired the cookie sheet that was used to create the giant gingerbread man and converted it into a monument to commemorate the record. The monument was dedicated on December 6, 2008 at the 18th Annual Festival of Lights celebration and named "Smitty" by attendee acclaim the following year. Also in 2009, Smithville's World Record was broken by the IKEA Corporation in Norway, but Smithville is still fairly content that the largest gingerbread man in the USA resides there.
Ever since his 2008 dedication, the gingerbread man has adapted seasonally by sporting magnetic accessories that reflect holiday themes throughout the year.[Mika Spears, 12/30/2010]