I have an obsession with decorated gingerbread. Some (aka my kids) might even call it an unhealthy addiction. I love everything about it- the smell, the color, the taste, and of course, decorating it. This love affair has been going on for a LONG time. Here's the story of how we met.
When I was 5 years old, my kindergarten teacher read "The Gingerbread Man" to the class. To accompany the story, they made a pan-sized gingerbread man and added some candies. One of the teacher's assistants took the gingerbread man to the cafeteria kitchen to be baked. A little while later, she returned in a frantic state, an empty baking sheet in her hand. She claimed that the Gingerbread Man leaped off of the pan, just as she was placing him into the oven. She tried to catch him, but couldn't. This unbaked gingerbread man was loose in the school building and I believed it, wholeheartedly. I even remember telling my mother about the rogue gingerbread man when I got home from school that day. True story.
May I present some of my Gingerbread Obsession!
20+ DIFFERENT gingerbread people and 3 kinds of house construction sets. My favorite people set is probably the bigger green people- they belonged to my mother. And my favorite house set is the one on the right- the Williams-Sonoma set- that I bought a few years ago. The other two sets are new to me this year! The house at the top of this blog post is made with the mini all-in-one cutter by GoodCook.
My Gingerbread holiday village consists of 5 lighted houses, lots of little gingerbread people, and many other accessories. A stuffed gingerbread baker tops my baking holiday tree.
These gingerbread houses were made prior to my sugar-cookie decorating days. My husband really wants me to make another large gingerbread house now that have so much more decorating experience under my belt. If only there were more hours in the day. . .
Time to share the love of gingerbread!
It's been a cookie-kind of year for me. Building my own commercial kitchen. My new cookie job. It's only fitting that I celebrate with a
ONE Grand Prize winner (United States only please!) will receive the following from me:
WHOOOOWEEEE!! That's some serious Gingerbread Stuff! Let's take a closer look at the Grand Prize, shall we?
Your own copy of "The Gingerbread Man" to share with some little ones. Plus a Grow-Your-Own gingerbread man. Just because.
Two cute gingerbread dishtowels, one potholder, one spatula, and one gingerbread-shaped brown sugar saver (to keep your brown sugar soft!).
A super-cool book of Gingerbread Houses to inspire you! Includes templates and lots of how-to's. Plus two packets of Chocolate Gingerbread Cocoa for you to enjoy while flipping through the book!
THREE (yes 3!) sets of gingerbread cutters! The set on the left makes a bigger house. The set in the middle is the gingerbread man basics. The set on the right is the coveted GoodCook all-in-one mini gingerbread house cutter!!
ONE SECOND Prize winner (United States only please!) will receive the following from me:
Second prize is not too shabby! Your own GoodCook all-in-one mini gingerbread house cutter, a cute gingerbread cookie container, gingerbread sprinkles (perfect for cupcakes!), and yes- a handful of mini Gingerbread Twix. Sorry it's not the whole bag. I had to try some. As did my kids. And the husband. But we left some for the second prize winner!
Visit my FB page and click on the rafflecopter to enter! Contest ends 12/13/13 at midnight, EST. Winner will be randomly selected from the comments under this blog post.
Don't have Facebook, but still want to enter? Answer this question in a comment below!
What would be a must-have candy on YOUR gingerbread house?
Winner Update!! My Random Selector (aka my youngest son) selected the following two participants as the winners:
Thanks to all who entered!!
Kay L. Butler
12/10/2013 10:45:20 am
I would have to include chocolate nonpareils for they are my husband's favorite candy and remind me of snowflakes! ********
12/10/2013 11:02:02 am
OOH Kay! I LOVE snowcaps!
Gaye Ann McHenry
12/10/2013 10:53:46 am
This could be a really neat tradition for me to start.
12/10/2013 11:02:50 am
Yes, Gaye Ann! But what CANDY is a must for your gingerbread house?
Gaye Ann McHenry
12/10/2013 11:40:25 am
Green gum drops are a definite must have.
12/10/2013 11:12:14 am
Candy canes you can't have a ginger bread house without them.
12/11/2013 01:55:14 am
I agree, Jenn!
12/10/2013 11:29:47 am
I would include red and white swirl candy
12/11/2013 01:56:27 am
Thanks, Dotty! I remember it like it was yesterday! I think I even remember what I was wearing :) Of course I can't remember what I did yesterday...
12/10/2013 12:23:38 pm
12/10/2013 12:29:21 pm
I'm going to say Andes Mints. Yummo!
12/10/2013 12:32:41 pm
Must have candy would be gumdrops it goes w classic houses! Although mini nonpareils would be Delish
12/10/2013 01:01:07 pm
Love those gingerbread house cookie cutters! Thank you for sharing your gingerbread story as well. I have to laugh at today's focus on gingerbread, as I have spent the day making the gingerbread cookies for 8 houses for my daughter's gingerbread house party. :)
12/11/2013 01:57:43 am
Oy! That's a lot of gingerbread houses! I just did 6 for a recent party- and I thought that was enough!
12/10/2013 01:03:51 pm
I almost forgot (well, I did forget, but am fixing it now)... I like to give my kids gumdrops to use on their gingerbread houses. I like to just use royal icing on mine (although candy canes are nice...)
12/10/2013 01:26:10 pm
Peppermints and gumdrops.
12/10/2013 01:26:17 pm
My favorite candy on my gingerbread house would have to be gum drops! :)
12/10/2013 01:29:34 pm
12/11/2013 01:59:15 am
I like Necco wafers too! They are hard to find around here. Have to go to Rite Aid to get them.
12/10/2013 01:32:04 pm
Yay! I just finished baking 8 gingerbread houses that I cut by hand....those cutters sure would come in handy ;)
12/11/2013 02:03:09 am
Cut by hand?! That's a lot of pieces! Whew!
12/10/2013 01:33:07 pm
Pull and peel twizzlers are a must for our gingerbread houses. As a teacher my class of 1-2 year olds will be celebrating gingerbread day on the 12th :) I am extremely excited!
12/10/2013 01:33:55 pm
I'm a mini marshmallow kinda gal....
12/10/2013 01:55:48 pm
12/10/2013 01:59:25 pm
bubblegum balls along the peak of the roof!!!
12/10/2013 02:00:44 pm
We just made our gingerbread house today!
12/10/2013 02:01:45 pm
We took a family vote and choose candy cane
12/10/2013 02:15:18 pm
Crumbled up candy cane pieces
12/10/2013 02:22:50 pm
Run, run, run as fast as you can.
12/10/2013 02:42:35 pm
Dark chocolate M&M's - the brighter, the better! A close second would be Snowcaps - I'm addicted to those things...I can eat a whole box in no time :)
12/10/2013 02:45:33 pm
Necco wafer candies. I think they look so pretty on the gingerbread houses!
12/10/2013 03:12:35 pm
Laffy taffy. Great colors and it would be neat to cut into bricks or pathway stones!
12/11/2013 02:04:33 am
What a cool idea! And they come in so many great colors!
12/10/2013 03:57:04 pm
I also LOVE gingerbread (as you know!). My fave candy for on a house? Red hots, I think! Love red with white, as in,...the frosting!
12/10/2013 05:54:03 pm
I would definitely need some mini m&m's on my gingerbread house to add some color and a touch of chocolate to that yummy gingerbread flavor :-)
12/10/2013 10:24:04 pm
I'm with Kay on the nonpareils!
12/11/2013 02:25:35 am
It would have to have Hershey Kisses. Yummy!
12/11/2013 02:32:18 am
Definitely the gumdrops!!! What a nice giveaway!!! :)
12/11/2013 03:17:54 am
Must have gingerbread house candy...those sweet mini candy canes! :) Super fun give-away!!!
12/11/2013 04:01:30 am
Necco wafers, nonpareils, gum drops and mini candy canes!
12/11/2013 12:57:19 pm
Gumdrops would be a must have on a gingerbread house.
12/11/2013 02:42:53 pm
I would have to say gum drops because they are a classic
12/12/2013 02:08:55 am
LOVE this! You are so creative!! I love the candy cane porch posts!
12/13/2013 08:37:36 am
Love love love your work!!!!! ❤️
12/13/2013 08:50:05 am
Gingerbread houses with my two young daughters would be a blast. We love gumdrops and candy canes!
12/13/2013 09:21:03 am
York Peppermint Patties for me!! Sour Patch Kids for my boys to make some elves at the Gingerbread house :) Sounds like fun to me!!!
12/13/2013 09:24:38 am
I love gumdrops! I think all gingerbread houses should have them :)
12/13/2013 12:38:27 pm
Candy canes for sure.
12/13/2013 09:50:44 pm
Gumdrops are a must! They also remind me of my grandmother, she always had a dish out for Christmas full of Rex and green gum drops.
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