Giant gingerbread lighthouse won’t be gluten-free this year


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A team of chefs in Rhode Island is erecting a giant gingerbread lighthouse with a working beacon light.

The 16-foot-tall lighthouse decorated with 2,400 pieces of candy is rising inside the city of Newport’s visitor center. It’s scheduled to be finished by Tuesday after more than 100 hours of work.

Local tourism bureau Discover Newport says displaying a gingerbread lighthouse has become an annual Christmastime tradition.

Newport Marriott Hotel Chef Eric Steinhauer, the lighthouse’s lead architect, is baking his brick-shaped cookies the conventional way this year after trying a gluten-free recipe last year.

But they’re still made of organic gingerbread — 350 pounds of it. The lighthouse will be on display until Jan. 1.

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