Claire’s at that age where everything is new and fun. So we’re trying all kinds of things that I had all but forgotten about. To be honest, I had never actually built one of these. But I knew what to do, doesn’t seem that hard.
We found that Trader Joe’s has some gingerbread kits for the holidays. Claire had no idea when we picked it out that it would be so much fun. They go on sale from around Thanksgiving and I saw them on the shelves up to a couple days after Christmas.
It was a lot of fun to build this. Inexpensive and entertaining, then she ate it over the next few days.
They cost about $8.00 and we ended up doing it that same night when we brought it home. The kit comes with enough pieces to build a little triangular house. There is enough frosting to glue it all together and enough candies to decorate the whole thing.
A note of warning, start your glaze thick and add water very slowly if you need to make it thinner. We made the mistake of making too thin too fast and it was really messy. Also, not quite as effective.
Those are the things I didn’t know about Gingerbread houses. The consistency of your glue is important so it’s better to add water slowly! Just follow directions, that would be better.
Another note, before you dive into it. There’s a little tiny box that contains the sugar figurines. We didn’t discover this until the morning after.
Trader Joe’s Gingerbread House Kit is a traditional German hexenhaus—literally, witch’s house—whose origins can be tied to the Grimm’s tale of Hansel & Gretel. Sure, that witch had her vices, but she was just terrific at decorating her candy house! And you can do the same with our table-top version.