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Now that's a sweet Christmas castle

Photo Credit: COURTESY OF THE BENSON HOTEL - A massive gingerbread castle created by Chef David Diffendorfer is the centerpiece of the Benson Hotel's annual holiday decorations. The castle was unveiled Wednesday evening at the hotel.Benson Hotel pastry Chef David Diffendorfer is the king of his castle.

Diffendorfer’s sugary kingdom was unveiled Wednesday evening, Dec. 3, during the hotel’s 43-year holiday traditional festival that included a massive gingerbread creation and lobby decorations with 300 poinsettias and a 19-foot Douglas fir Christmas tree.

Diffendorfer says his castle creation was “inspired by some of the world’s most renowned architectural achievements, such as the Greek Parthenon, the Roman Coliseum and the famed French medieval city of Carcassonne.”

Photo Credit: COURTESY OF THE BENSON HOTEL - Chef David Diffendorfer, right, created his holiday gingerbread castle with more than 150 pounds of gingerbread, 15 pounds of white and dark chocolate, 35 pounds of marzipan, buckets of royal icing and mounds of melted Jolly Ranchers.“The Benson gingerbread unveiling has become its own piece of holiday history, so it seemed fitting to pay tribute to some of history’s most awe-inspiring structures, in sugar form,” says Diffendorfer, who has created the Benson’s gingerbread creations for the past 20 years.

For this year’s castle, Diffendorfer used more than 150 pounds of gingerbread, 15 pounds of white and dark chocolate, 35 pounds of marzipan, buckets of royal icing and mounds of melted Jolly Ranchers.

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