Bedazzled with Gingerbread, Sweets and Holiday Treats, A Life-Size Gingerbread Jeep® Rolls into the

“Off-Roading in the Enchanted Sonoran Desert” Gingerbread/Candy Scene Is Open to the Public for Holiday Viewing & Photos

TUCSON, ARIZ. December 10, 2019 -- The pastry chefs of The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain have emerged from a marathon (250-hour) culinary session which has resulted in the creation of a colorful – and exceptionally sugary – interpretation of a desert four-wheel-drive scene complete with gingerbread, chocolate, icing and holiday candy components. 


The life-size scene features gingerbread tiles and frosting placed on an actual #Jeep vehicle, enhanced by hundreds of vibrantly colored candy and other sweets. The decorated Jeep is surrounded by a desert garden landscape crafted with fondant and candy and incorporating chocolate javelinas and other critters including a tortoise and coyote. As for the featured desert setting… the surrounding sand is actually made with crushed graham crackers. The scene itself counts 500 pounds of candy and 1,000 gingerbread tiles among its ingredients.

This life-size labor of love and over-the-top creativity is ready for public viewing at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, located in Marana, Arizona just north of Tucson. Visitors will have the chance to enjoy not only this edible eye candy, but also a warm holiday welcome from Ranger Ainsley, the yellow lab. Ainsley is the official lobby greeter for The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain – and he has been presented with his very own gingerbread doghouse to enjoy as his personal shelter for the holiday season. Unless he eats it first.

WHAT:                 A Life-Size Holiday #Jeep and “Off-Roading in the Enchanted Sonoran Desert” 4WD Scene Adorned with Freshly Made Gingerbread, Fondant and Holiday Sweets

WHEN:                 Now until December 30, 2019

WHERE:               The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Resort Lobby - 15000 North Secret Springs Drive, Marana, AZ 85658

GUEST:                Ranger Ainsley the Yellow Lab  

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CONTACT:           Accredited media - Contact Bonnie Crail, or call 951-244-4524

For resort information, call 1-520-572-3000, visit the website at or engage online directly at or Room reservations may be made online or at 1-800-241-3333.

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