Despite being the smallest state in the country, Rhode Island is home to some pretty big tourist attractions.

The latest is a giant gingerbread house that sits tall and mighty in the lower lobby of the Newport Marriott. What would typically be a small snow-day project instead became a 17-foot-tall gingerbread lighthouse accompanied by a 7-foot-tall keeper’s house.

Discover Newport learned the giant sweet structure weighs in at 530 pounds of gingerbread and 240 pounds of royal icing. Believe it or not, the lighthouse holds more than 14,000 pieces of candy to complete its intricate look.

This is a masterpiece that you can sink your teeth into.

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So, how long does it take to create and assemble the lighthouse and keeper's house? If you guessed over 200 hours, you would be correct. To sweeten the deal, the lighthouse is fully functional with a spotlight that shines bright.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest gingerbread house was 39,201.8 cubic feet and was created in Texas in 2013. At an impressive 60 feet long, 1,242 feet wide and 10.1 feet tall, the edible house takes the cake for the world title.

That gingerbread house is likely long gone. For now, it's Newport's time to shine. The massive and tasty creation is open now to the public until Dec. 31 at 25 America's Cup Avenue.

All aboard the Cavity Express.

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