The White House Christmas: Candy in the Red Room, pears in the Vermeil Room
November 29, 2017
The White House Christmas decorations in the first year of the Trump administration employ fewer food items as design elements than the Obama administrations did, but there are peppermint candies and cranberry trees that were former First Lady Nancy Reagan's favorites in the Red Room, and pears in the Vermeil Room.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 27, 2017
The White House said the chefs and their staffs baked 31,000 cookies, including 15,000 sugar cookies, 6,000 snowflake cookies, 4,000 of the first lady's star cookies, 2,000 pecan butterballs, 2,000 walnut thumbprints and 2,000 hazelnut linzer bars.
The annual gingerbread White House was made with 200 pounds of baked dough, 100 pounds of pastillage dough, 5 pounds of gum paste, 5 pounds of poured sugar, 20 pounds of chocolate and 20 pounds of icing.
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