Giant gingerbread Santa devoured
LESS than a week after Goldsteins Bakery's The Pines store opened, a group of children were found devouring a two metre gingerbread Santa at Reedy Creek.
Director Martin Goldstein said up until Santa literally had strips torn from him by the local kids he was the biggest Goldsteins had produced.
"He wasn't the biggest ever made to our knowledge, but certainly the biggest on the Gold Coast.
"It was a tried old recipe, baked from scratch at our factory," Mr Goldstein said.
He said the baked St Nick was a perfect way to open Goldsteins' 17th Coast store at Reedy Creek Village shopping centre during this 'terrific time of year'.
"The kids love it, everybody loves it and it's great to open with a bit of fanfare, to get into the Christmas spirit.
"We're a family owned, very proud Gold Coast business though we've no more planned for the time being."
As the previously 30kg Santa with 'just the right amount of sugar' lay in pieces Mr Goldstein reflected on the bakery's relationship with the Coast.
"The Gold Coast has been growing organically since the first store in 1957.
"And since that time Goldsteins has been growing and growing as the Coast has been growing."
The Coast's love affair with the pie brand started with visits to the then-named Busy Bee bakery in Roma St, Brisbane, opened in 1944.
In 1957 the family owned fledgling business changed its name to Goldsteins and opened a second bakery at Southport's Sundale Shopping Centre, Mr Goldstein said.
"This started a chain reaction and as the Gold Coast started to spread, so did Goldsteins Bakery.
"Goldsteins Bakery and Pie Shop is now nationally recognized for its famous meat pies for which it has won many awards.
"The business has won awards in many different areas of business from quality baking to retail excellence.
"And it remains a 100% family owned and operated business with 124 loyal staff of long time employment and remains committed to business and baking excellence."