The holiday season is in full swing and decorations are going up all around the house. One very popular culinary decoration is the gingerbread house. It wasn’t a tradition in my family, but I recognize it is very popular in many households. The gingerbread house kits that are sold in grocery, department stores and culinary shops are literally flying off the shelves. Just when you think there are plenty out there and you have lots of time, they are gone.
There are many options for the family who wants to make a gingerbread house for display in their home. This article takes a look at some of the most popular gingerbread house kits, both pre-baked and a DIY model.
Gingerbread House Kit Choices
The first Gingerbread House kit, and the one most readily available, is made by Wilton. This kit has pre-baked gingerbread house pieces and trees, ready to go out of the box. It contains all the things you will need to assemble the house, including piping tips and bags, candy and detailed instructions.
Years ago, while working in a kitchen retail shop, I sold one woman 14 of these Wilton Gingerbread House kits for her daughter’s party – each girl made her own house during the party.
This kit is the biggest seller because it has the widest retail presence and is fairly easy to assemble. It is ideal for those who want the fun of doing it yourself, without the need to bake anything. The Wilton kits come in both a large and small size.
This next Gingerbread House kit is from Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s Gingerbread House Kit is a traditional German hexenhaus – or literally, witch’s house – which like all gingerbread houses, its origins can be tied to the tale of Hansel & Gretel. Sure, that particular fairly tale witch had her vices, but she was pretty good at decorating her candy house.
Each kit contains the pieces to make a substantial hexenhaus, and they’ve even included a cookie base to make everything sturdy enough to last on your table through the season.
Despicable Me Minions Gingerbread House
Next on the Gingerbread House kit list is one for fans of Despicable Me Minions. There isn’t much difference between this one and the myriad of gingerbread house kits available for sale, except that it is themed for Minions and comes with all the proper accouterments.
The kit contains everything needed for the perfect holiday gingerbread house PLUS a musical Stuart that holds a guitar, sings, and is full of candy.
The bundle includes:
+ One Despicable Me Minions Gingerbread House Kit Pre-baked. A Pre-Baked Gingerbread, Icing, Candy Jewels, Gummy Minions, Candy Bananas & Scene Setters. All ready to build.
+One ‘Candyrific’ Minions Singing Light & Sound Talker. Stuart sings atop this light and sound talker that comes complete with .53 oz. of banana shaped, banana flavored candy. Also, Stuart lights up while singing
The last option is for the ultimate do it yourself type. This isn’t a gingerbread house kit but rather the baking molds, made by Kitchen Supply. With this product, you bake the pieces in the shapes provided, using either the recipe included or one of your own choosing.
You are on the hook to buy the candies, materials for icing, and it is assumed you have all the necessary baking and decorating tools. This mold has a brick style house mold on one side and a log cabin on the other.
Gingerbread House Kit Tips
Now, a couple of tips for working with gingerbread.
1.) It is easier to cut and form warm gingerbread. If it becomes too hard, you can soften it with a little steam from a simmering pot or tea kettle. You might even quickly microwave it in short bursts to soften it.
2.) Cracks in the walls are not the end of the world. Gingerbread “cookie” can easily crack, a frequent occurrence with the pre-baked kits, but can also happen to your homemade creations. Cracks can easily be fixed with icing and clever decorations. Yes, icing covers many a baker’s flaw.
Enjoy your culinary decorating!
And if you are really pressed for time you could try this…
Not sure who to credit for this photo as I have seen it listed on dozens of Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts.
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