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16 Foot Gingerbread House

A 16 foot tall gingerbread house or “Frozen” gingerbread ice castle at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is adorned with sugar snowflakes, gingerbread shingles and chocolate-coated trees – Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven are decorated with sugar, chocolate and candy. In all, 423 pounds of chocolate and 311 pounds of honey went into the creation. While you can’t eat the house, there’s a special blue raspberry cake “Frozen” gelato, plus gingerbread and sugar cookies, snowflake ornaments, linzer and the popular chocolate-peppermint cookies. Take home a build-your-own snowman kit.

These are just two of the spectacular, all-new gingerbread designs that Walt Disney World Resort pastry chefs have spent months planning and weeks meticulously building. While the finished creations may look easy as pie, cobbling together a life-size masterpiece in gingerbread takes a lot of skillful hands.

You can see the displays through the first week of January, 2015.

Fast facts:

The life-size gingerbread house celebrates 16 years at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – the pastry chefs use the same building plans to re-create a fresh masterpiece each year, using a classic gingerbread recipe from Austria (they estimate 400 hours of baking). The house stands 16 feet high and features 40 window panes, made with a whopping 1,050 pounds of honey, 700 pounds of chocolate, 600 pounds of confectioner’s sugar, 35 pounds of spices, 800 pounds of flour, 140 pints of egg whites and 180 pounds of apricot glaze – more than 10,000 pieces of gingerbread make up the house. Gingerbread house decorating demos are featured daily except Sundays, and this is the place to buy gingerbread cookies, stollen, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate-peppermint bark (divine), gingerbread ornaments, mini-gingerbread houses and other goodies.

Gingerbread Houses: Not Just for Christmas Anymore

Although traditionally a Christmastime project, gingerbread houses do not need to be ignored at any other times of the year. Who wants to wait twelve months to have the fun of decorating a delicious architectural confection again?

Winter at the Gingerbread House

No one could argue that the winter holidays are a great time for building a gingerbread house. With the white icing and Christmas style materials, like candy canes, your family can build anything from Santa’s castle and workshop to a quaint country cottage in the snow.

As the decorations are put away, that does not mean the gingerbread building days are over. Valentine’s Day offers a wealth of delicious candy to decorate a new one. Lacy loops of icing and conversation heart cobblestones create a perfect picture.

Spring at the Gingerbread House

As the weather warms, many new opportunities to take time for a gingerbread family tradition appear. Spring itself is a great reason to decorate a cookie home with candy flowers. Imagine an Easter house with hidden jellybean eggs in the yard. See how many different plant types you can create for an Earth Day gingerbread house in April.

Summer at the Gingerbread House

The frozen snows of icing have melted and baking large sheets of gingerbread may not be the ideal hot-weather hobby, but building gingerbread houses is still a great way to spend family time. Buy a kit to cut down on oven time and get creative.

Decorate with red, white, and blue candies and icing for Memorial Day, Flag Day, and the Fourth of July. Create a golden gingerbread house for the solstice to welcome the warmer weather.

Autumn at the Gingerbread House

Cool breezes blow and leaves change to russet and gold. Thoughts of Christmas gingerbread houses may begin to dance in your head, but there are still other opportunities to get together and build a seasonal masterpiece. Halloween and Thanksgiving gingerbread houses can stretch your imagination.

Candy and Halloween are nearly synonymous. A spooky haunted house decorated with black licorice trim and candy corn roof tiles would make an excellent party centerpiece. The bounty of Thanksgiving can be reflected in chocolate flake roofing, warm-toned Reese’s Pieces, and maple sugar leaf candies.

Gingerbread houses are not just for Christmas anymore. No matter what time of year it is, you and your family can head to the kitchen to enjoy this sweet and creative tradition. Winter, spring, summer, and autumn, any reason to celebrate is a reason to build a gingerbread house.

Building a Gingerbread House with Your Kids

Whether you want to carry on a family tradition or visions of sugarplums and architectural wonders made of cake, cream, and candies have invaded your mind, building a gingerbread house with your kids can be a wonderful holiday or anytime project. As long as perfection is not your goal, the sometimes-questionable help of little hands can result in a unique and wonderfully sweet decoration and memory.

Building “Materials” Selection and Baking Help

The type of assistance each kid brings to the table depends largely on his or her age, ability, and level of attention. The gingerbread sheets that make up the walls and roof need a steady hand – most likely a parent’s hand – to remove them from the baking sheets and fix them in place with the icing glue. Kids love to measure ingredients and mix them together though. Another option is to use a pre-made kit to make the not-as-exciting construction step quicker.

The real magic of building a gingerbread house with your kids is in choosing the building materials and putting them on. Have fun on a trip to the store to buy candy or when perusing the selection online. Necco wafers for the roof? Or a mosaic pattern of brown M&Ms? Gumdrop bushes under the windows, or flower shapes cut from taffy?

Make a Plan and Stick to it Like Icing

You will find, in the course of this project, that sometimes icing does not stick at all. Do not be too rigid or focused on a perfect end goal when building a gingerbread house with your kids. This is bonding time with the little ones and sharing of a tradition either old or new. The end goal may just be a sticky mess and a cup-full of wonderful memories.

Although a casual approach works well for any craft or baking project with little hands involved, having a plan at the start may help. Purchasing a kit takes the architectural decisions off the table, but questions such as what candy to put on the roof and if the path to the door should be lined with candy canes or green spearmint trees still exist.

Perhaps less planning and more creative experimentation is your family’s style. When building a gingerbread house with multiple kids, some friendly competition over who placed the most candies or whose icing lines are straighter may erupt. Divvy up responsibilities evenly as age and ability permit and remind everyone that a house, even a gingerbread house, is only a home with a lot of love poured into it. Traditions are made like this, and the results are always sweet.

Gingerbread House Kits for Corporate Events

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Gingerbread Traditions supplies the most delicious gourmet gingerbread house kits for corporate events shipped directly to you. Gingerbread house kits are not just the perfect present for a family on a holiday, but they are also a great way to create a healthy and convivial atmosphere in an organization.

Gingerbread house kits are ideal gifts for your co-workers, staff, and clients. They are a great way to break the ice at the office. Our gingerbread house kits for corporate events are a big hit with businesses across America.

Gingerbread house making events are a great way to boost the festive spirit in your company or organization, and offer a whole lot of creative fun. They are perfect for a corporate party, a charity fundraiser organized by your company, or as a way to welcome new recruits to the organization.

Generally, families of the staff are invited to gingerbread house making events at various organizations. Children love making gingerbread houses, and it’s a great way for the families of your staff to get to know each other. This builds solidarity within the company.

Making gingerbread houses encourages team building, fosters creativity, improves communication, and builds problem-solving skills within the organization. Gingerbread workshops are fun and challenging, and are a great way to build team spirit in the company.
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You should make it a point to invite some of your best clients and their families to these events as well, as a way to thank them for their support and as a token of appreciation.

Decorating the gingerbread houses is a lot of fun. You can have each member of the staff decorate their own gingerbread house, or split the group into small teams and give each team a gingerbread house to decorate collectively.

At the end of the event, each gingerbread house is boxed up so the staff can then display them at their office desk. Later, after taking pictures to be posted on Facebook and Instagram, the whole group can join in and enjoy munching on their incredibly delicious gingerbread houses.

At Gingerbread Traditions, we get a lot of inquiries for bulk orders of gingerbread house kits for large corporate events from virtually every part of the country. You can save money on large bulk orders for gingerbread house kits, as we have attractive discounts available for larger orders. We also enjoy helping out with the events and the promotions, so get in touch with us to find out more!

Start a Holiday Tradition with Pre-Baked Gingerbread Houses

valentines dayThe best part of building a gingerbread house is decorating it with icing, candies, and other edible treats. Families with children of all ages create holiday traditions around building one every year, and even pass the tradition down through the generations. With pre-baked gingerbread house pieces, the time-consuming part of actually mixing and cooking the walls, roof pieces and doors of the house are handled for you. All that is left is the construction and adding all of the yummy decorations.

Holidays are the perfect time for enjoying sweet treats, handmade crafts and fun times together. Everyone in the family, from the grandparents down to the youngest child, can get in on the action of building a decorated gingerbread house together. Pre-baked gingerbread walls, roofs and other construction pieces can make the process so much more fun. Just imagine taking the time to bake the flat gingerbread, and then having difficulty getting it off the pan, having it crack or break, or coming out too soft to hold up the structure. Your fun holiday tradition would be ruined.

The tradition can extend to using the same pre-baked gingerbread house pieces every year, although there are many different styles and sizes available to choose from. Still, the classic four-walled cottage is perfect for the widest variety of decorating styles. With a little imagination and the right additions, you can turn it into everything from a log cabin in the woods to a pretty white church with stained-glass windows.

Pre-baked gingerbread house kits come in various sizes that will help you and your family make a large decoration fit for a table centerpiece, or small individual houses that can be part of a village display. They are perfect for church events and holiday parties as well, since every kid and adult can get their own small home to decorate.

valentines sweetsNo matter which pre-baked options you decide to purchase for your family, make sure to stock up on plenty of candy and other snacks to decorate with. Some great options include pretzel sticks, candy canes, chocolate pebbles that look like rocks, gumdrops and other gummy shapes, assorted peppermints, and fruit stars and thin wafers for the roof tiles.

Proper icing for gluing them all together is also important. The base of the icing is always confectioners’ or powdered sugar, but different recipes call for water, white meringue powder or egg whites. Whichever you choose to make, make sure the icing is not too runny or too thick, so your gingerbread house holds together but does not look like a gloppy mess.

As you build holiday traditions with your children year after year, consider one of the most popular ones loved by many over the centuries: building and decorating a gingerbread house. With pre-baked gingerbread house pieces, the most difficult and boring part of the craft is done for you. All that is left is to brew some hot cocoa, put on your favorite holiday music or movies, and sit around the table making the sweetest holiday decoration that is good enough to eat.

Making A Gingerbread House Using Graham Crackers

graham crackersThere’s nothing kids love more than building and decorating gingerbread houses. But who really wants to bake the gingerbread and actually construct the house? It takes hours of meticulous work, and nobody is really interested in that. What kids really want to do is to decorate gingerbread houses – it’s the decorating that really excites them.

So you can save yourself time and pain by building gingerbread houses the easy way using graham crackers. With graham crackers, you can make one gingerbread house for each of your children, nephews or nieces, and maybe have a gingerbread house-themed party for all the kids in the neighborhood. Many families have gingerbread houses for kids on their birthdays instead of cakes.

Gingerbread houses are so much fun, and with graham crackers they are so easy to construct. Let’s find out how to do that.

The instructions given here are child-friendly and can be used by children as well as adults.
First, get the following…

  • 10 whole graham crackers (You will need 8 graham crackers for the house and 2 for the roof)
  • An extra large tray
  • A can of white frosting
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • Candies, as many as possible, to decorate the house. Some of the options you may want to consider are gumdrops, red licorice, chocolate kisses and hard candies.
  • A plastic bag
  • A spoon
  • A butter knife
  • A pair of scissors

Then, follow these instructions to build a gingerbread house using graham crackers.

  1. Wash your hands before getting started.
  2. The first thing to do is to prepare the frosting. Take 1 cup of frosting and add not more than ¼ tsp cream of tartar to it. The frosting may be homemade or store-bought. Adding the cream of tartar to the frosting makes it harder – which allows the house to stand up.
  3. Next, put the frosting into a small plastic bag and cut a small hole in the corner of the bag, which allows you to squeeze the frosting out of it.
  4. The frosting serves as the perfect glue. Now, take four graham crackers and arrange them in a rectangle on the tray.
  5. Take two half-sized graham crackers and glue them to the sides to complete the box.
  6. As it dries, prop the walls of the house against a book or a box so that the house stands straight.
  7. Next, put some frosting on the corners of the two remaining graham crackers. Place the two crackers on either side of the house, to form a peak. This is the roof of your gingerbread house.
  8. Allow the structure to dry for an hour or two. Once it is completed, coat each side of the house with frosting. Now you can decorate it with candies. This is the best part!
  9. Let your imagination run wild as you decorate the house with candies. Gumdrops, red licorice, chocolate kisses, hard candies – stick them all on, as many candies as you like.
  10. Once the house is totally dry, it’s all yours! Arguably, gingerbread tastes better than cake. Kids love munching on a gingerbread house, especially one that they’ve decorated themselves.

Now, there’s a terrific alternative to building gingerbread houses with graham crackers that is just as easy, and equally fun. Pre-baked gingerbread house kits from Gingerbread Traditions simplify the process of building gingerbread houses, so that your kids can get down to what they really want to do, which is to decorate the whole thing.

With pre-baked gingerbread house kits from Gingerbread Traditions, you’ll be able to spend more time decorating and less time baking, and it’s so much fun for the kids!

Gingerbread Traditions is based in Oregon and delivers the most delicious and highly creative gourmet gingerbread kits shipped directly to you. Any gingerbread house kit made by Gingerbread Traditions makes for a fun and exciting gift for friends and family – kids as well as adults. Order your own pre-baked gingerbread kits online today!

Gingerbread House Decorating Tips

gingerbreadGingerbread houses are a lot of fun, and kids really love them. But really, baking the gingerbread can be such a pain the neck. Who really wants to do that? Don’t you wish you could just skip ahead to the decorating? You can, with Gingerbread Traditions!

Pre-baked gingerbread house kits from Gingerbread Traditions make building gingerbread houses as easy as it gets. They let your kids get down to what they really want to do, which is to decorate the whole thing. So let’s talk about how to decorate a gingerbread house.

What You’ll Need
Candies…plenty of them, as many as you can get. Gumdrops, red licorice, chocolate kisses, hard candies…the list goes on! Unwrap them all and place each type into separate bowls. The last thing you want to do is to unwrap the candies while the royal icing starts hardening.

What You Need To Do
Set the house on top of a box or large book while you’re decorating it. You should be sitting, and the house should be at your eye level, while you decorate your gingerbread house.

Gingerbread House Decorating Tips

Roofs – Use gum drops or vanilla wafers. Mini cookies and Frosted Mini Wheats serve the purpose as well.

Shutters – You will need wafer cookies, mini candy bars, and perhaps sticks of gum.

Fences – Consider pretzels – both chocolate-covered pretzels and regular mini pretzels. You may want to add mini gingerbread men as well.

Trees and bushes – Try green spearmint leaves.
Smoke – Use cotton balls or quilt batting.

Snow – Use confectioners’ sugar. There’s also something called edible glitter, which is available at some stores. You may want to use that as well.

Logs – Try mini Tootsie Rolls – they fit the part perfectly.

Finally, for added effect, use foil-wrapped chocolate toy soldiers, snowmen and Santa.

Once you have all of your candies, you’re ready to start decorating! Here’s what to do next…

Fill the Pastry Bag with Royal Icing
Once you’ve decided on your candy decorations, fill up a pastry bag with Royal Icing. Keep the tip of the bag covered with a damp paper towel to prevent the icing from hardening.

Let’s get started with the decorations!
First, cover the seams of the gingerbread house with candies. Use green-colored spearmint leaves to form trees and bushes at all four corners. Decorate the front door with cookies; use unwrapped Andes mints to form the steps and form windows and shutters with the icing.

Next, decorate the back of the gingerbread house with as many candies as you can get your hands on. Just go crazy here!

Now, let’s start filling up the base of the gingerbread house with more candies, held together with Royal Icing snow.
What about the roof of the gingerbread house? Spread a thin layer of Royal Icing evenly on the roof. Add cookies and gum drops here.

That’s it! The decorating is done. Now allow the gingerbread house to stand for an hour before letting the kids have their way with it! Mmmm…what a tasty house!

Gingerbread Traditions is based in Oregon and delivers the most delicious and highly creative gourmet gingerbread kits shipped directly to you. Any gingerbread house kit made by Gingerbread Traditions makes for a fun and exciting gift for friends and family – kids as well as adults. Order your own pre-baked gingerbread kits online today!

Gingerbread House Tips & Tricks

gingerbread houseBaking gingerbread houses and then decorating them is a popular family tradition in America with a rich 200-year-old history. It is very easy to build your own gingerbread house – just follow the tips and tricks given here. Your kids can build a gingerbread house too—it’s that simple. When they do, be sure to take photographs, because it’s such an awesome accomplishment!

Here are some useful gingerbread house tips & tricks you can use…

Tip #1. Let’s start with the design. Pick a simple design, such as an A-frame house, which consists of a front, back, and roof. Not only is an A-frame house simple to make, it is also quite sturdy. You can also choose a basic house design with four walls and a roof – six pieces in all.

Tip #2. Pick a recipe that’s easy to make. You want a recipe that doesn’t have to be chilled as that slows down the process considerably.

Tip #3. Roll out the dough directly onto parchment paper rather than rolling out the dough, cutting the pieces and transferring to a baking sheet. That would distort the gingerbread completely and even tear it. The resulting piece is likely to be fragile and easy to break.

Tip #4. Bake as much as possible – in fact, you should over-bake when making a gingerbread house. It’s okay to stick to the recommended baking time when baking gingerbread cookies – but that would give you a soft product. You want something stronger and sturdier for a house. That’s why it is important to bake the gingerbread until it gets dark brown around the edges. You can check if it is hard enough by using your fingers to press down on the gingerbread. You want the gingerbread to be firm, not soft like a cookie. Soft gingerbread won’t hold up the candy and the frosting. So, when you bake, don’t stop until the pieces turn really dark.

Tip #5. You should always use Royal Icing. You don’t want to use the frosting from a can. Instead of pre-made frosting, use Royal Icing as it acts as a much better glue to hold up all the pieces of the gingerbread house. The icing is like cement for the gingerbread house. The Royal Icing needs to be beaten well with the mixer to ensure that it is thick enough. Once prepared, it should be covered with a damp cloth—otherwise, it will simply dry out.

Tip #6. Remember, a fully completed gingerbread house will be very heavy. The gingerbread itself is heavy and when you add candy, it gets so much heavier. In fact, a fully completed gingerbread house can weigh up to 5 pounds. That’s why you want a sturdy base for your gingerbread house. You can use a couple of cake boards or Styrofoam as a base.

Tip #7. Allow the house to dry for at least a couple of hours before decorating it. You want to give the royal icing enough time to harden as much as possible. Decorating the house before the icing is totally dry would affect the structure badly. That’s why you need to wait a reasonable amount of time for the house to dry and the pieces to set before decorating it.

candiesTip #8. Kids love candy, and you cannot have enough of it! Have candies of all types, colors and shapes available—the more the merrier. Just go crazy with the decorations, and don’t stop until you run out of candy and other decorative pieces.

Tip #9. Baking the gingerbread takes a lot of time. Plus, it’s a complicated process and a lot of things can go wrong. And what your kids really love is decorating the house; they don’t really care much about the baking part of it. That’s why it makes sense to buy pre-baked gingerbread house kits from Gingerbread Traditions. This way, you spend more time decorating and less time baking, and the kids will have so much more fun!

Gingerbread Traditions, based in Oregon, delivers the most delicious gourmet gingerbread kits, shipped direct to you. Gingerbread house kits make fun and creative gifts for friends and family members of any age. Buy your own pre-baked gingerbread kits online today!

Using a Pre-Baked Gingerbread House Kit

gingerbread house white christmasThe act of decorating gingerbread houses is a popular family tradition in America, loved by parents and kids alike. But if you are short on time and would rather skip the baking process and begin the decoration of a gingerbread house right away, picking up a pre-baked gingerbread house kit really makes a lot of sense.

Pre-made gingerbread house kits are easy to assemble, and often come with candy and icing. You also get detailed instructions. Gingerbread Traditions is an Oregon-based company that makes highly popular pre-baked gingerbread house kits for families – no baking needed, start decorating the pre-baked gingerbread house that comes in attractive variations right away.

Why are pre-baked gingerbread house kits so popular? Almost nobody likes the hard work involved in baking gingerbread in the precise way required for construction of a gingerbread house. It takes a lot of time and many things can go wrong. A pre-made gingerbread house kit is so much easier to work with. In fact, the kids can start decorating it straight away, and it’s a lot more fun this way. The gingerbread houses-kits from Gingerbread Traditions serve as classy gift ideas for Halloween, birthdays, anniversaries or Valentine’s Day.

Here are a few tips you can use after buying a pre-baked gingerbread house kit from Gingerbread Traditions

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  1. Before you start assembling the house, check all the pieces. There could be slight variations in the shapes of the gingerbread pieces. Just make sure that the edges are as straight as possible.
  2. Use a ruler and a knife to trim the bottom of the pieces and the inside edges so that they are perfectly aligned when assembled.
  3. You don’t have to assemble your gingerbread house when first. You can, decorate the sides of the house while the unassembled pieces are lying on a flat surface. This ensures that the decorations don’t fall off when you assemble them later because of gravity.
  4. If you do decide to assemble the house before decorating, do so a day before. This way the house has enough time to set up. Thereafter, you can start decorating it.
    Assembling the Gingerbread House
Start building the house. Join one side wall to one peaked wall; Join the panels so that the sidewall connects with the inside edges of the peaked wall; Pipe the icing along the bottom and inside of the peaked wall as well as the side wall; Press all the sides together and attached to the base. Once held in place for a while, the icing begins to set.

Next, attach the roof panels. Pipe the icing along the sides of the roof panel as well along the top of the walls. Position the roof sections so that they connect with the peaked wall and the side wall edges. Make adjustments so that all sides are evenly pitched. Press and hold the house in place for a few minutes to allow the icing to set properly.

What are the different types of pre-baked Gingerbread House Kits?
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At Gingerbread Traditions, there are three types of pre-baked Gingerbread House Kits available for sale: full kits, just the pre-baked parts and the already constructed kits.

The full kits come with parts for the gingerbread house, instructions, and base, white icing packet as well as candies and decorations; Just the pre-baked parts kits include unassembled gingerbread house parts only, and you don’t get candies and decorations with them. If you need anything extra, you’ll need to order separately.

The third type is the already constructed kits, which include a fully assembled chocolate gingerbread house, instructions, base, white icing packet, candies and decorations.

Gingerbread Traditions, based in Oregon ships and delivers the most delicious gourmet gingerbread kits for holidays directly to you. Our gingerbread house kits are made for excitement, and also serve as creative gifts for friends and family members of any age. Buy your own gingerbread kits online today!