Gingerbread was used in ancient Greek and Egyptian ceremonies long before an Armenian Monk teaches French christians how to make it. Crusaders returning home spread the recipe throughout Europe. At medieval tournaments, ladies give their favorite knights a piece of gingerbread for good luck. Shakespeare writes, “and i had but one penny in the world, thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread.” Nuremberg, Germany becomes the gingerbread capital of the world, where a bakers guild controls production. Queen Elizabeth invents gingerbread men when she serves them to foreign dignitaries. George Washington's mother develops her own recipe in the colonies and Grimm’s fairy tale ‘Hansel and Gretel’ inspires the first gingerbread houses. Guinness certifies the largest gingerbread house at 2,300 square feet; consisting of 7,200 eggs, 3,000 pounds of sugar and 22,000 candies.