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3 Jun 2015
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Now that's a sweet Christmas castle
Benson Hotel pastry Chef David Diffendorfer is the king of his castle.
Diffendorfers sugary kingdom was unveiled Wednesday evening, Dec. 3, during the hotels 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 worlds most renowned architectural achievements, such as the Greek Parthenon, the Roman Coliseum and the famed French medieval city of Carcassonne.
The Benson gingerbread unveiling has become its own piece of holiday history, so it seemed fitting to pay tribute to some of historys most awe-inspiring structures, in sugar form, says Diffendorfer, who has created the Bensons gingerbread creations for the past 20 years.
For this years 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.