Gingerlith: A 7-foot-tall gingerbread monolith rises – and falls – in San Francisco

Creative bakers have built gingerbread monuments to many famous landmarks – New York’s Empire State Building, India’s Taj Mahal and even Osama Bin Laden’s compound (aka “Gingerbottobad”). Now they’re giving monoliths the edible memorial treatment.

Social media users around the world have been mesmerized by the proliferation of metal structures since the first popped up in Utah’s Red Rock Country in November. Since then, copycats have appeared in California, Texas, North Carolina, England and Romania.

An edible, 7-foot-tall monolith rose on Christmas Day – and fell the next day – in San Francisco’s Corona Heights Park, Bay Area public radio station KQED reported, along with several locals who photographed it and posted them on Twitter.

The gingerbread monolith has been coined the “gingerlith.”

When the radio station informed San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg of the gingerlith’s existence, he responded, “Looks like a great spot to get baked.”

And because California has been through a lot this year, enduring wildfires and COVID-19, he wasn’t going to be a killjoy.

“We will leave it up until the cookie crumbles,” Ginsburg said.

Unfortunately, the cookie crumbled the very next day and the structure toppled over.

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So what caused the gingerlith to collapse? Based on the wind sounds evident in the video below, it was was probably blown over. Maybe they used whipped icing when they should have used the full-fat? But this person taking a bite out of it probably didn’t help.

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