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500-pound pumpkin pie needed a team of carpenters

The 500-pound pumpkin pie prepared for the TD Garden’s Thanksgiving Day event in Boston on Tuesday is more of a construction than a mere confection.

The arena, often called the Boston Garden, is owned by Delaware North, the Buffalo-based hospitality company. Instead of a team of bakers, it took the work of a team of carpenters to construct, according to TD Garden’s executive chef, Kevin Doherty. They used a one-inch thick wooden base covered with edible parchment paper.

The ingredients include 145 cans of pumpkin, 75 pounds of graham crackers, 80 pounds of brown sugar and 3 pounds each of cinnamon and melted butter.

“It’s not a baked pie. It’s more of a gelatin set, like a no-bake cheese cake. It is 60 inches in diameter,” Doherty said in a phone interview with Off Main.

The giant pie will feed more than 1,300 people, and any leftovers will be sent to food shelters in Boston, Doherty said

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