Exciting Holiday Treat


Photo Courtesy of New York Times

Erin Abel

With the holiday season upon us and COVID season still in the midst, most of us are looking for ways to get into the Christmas spirit. Gingerbread houses are always a staple and are so fun to build and make your own. While you could go the extra mile and home make your gingerbread house ingredients my recommendation is to go out to your local grocery store and buy a nice kit. My personal favorite is the create a treat E-Z build gingerbread house kit. It comes with everything you need to create a gingerbread house.

The kit includes 6 total pieces of gingerbread. One small tree, one small gingerbread man, a front piece, back piece, two side pieces, and two roof pieces. It also comes with a variety of candies such as large gumballs, christmas lights, multicolored beads, and mini jellies. The kit has pre made frosting, a building tool for the roof, and an E-Z build tray making for a simple and relatively fast building process. After testing this kit out myself, I found that It’s a great kit and the assembly is very easy but I would recommend buying food coloring for the frosting or maybe more candy for an extra special touch. 

There are only 4 very simple steps to constructing the gingerbread house itself. 

  1. Prepare Icing: Kneed and massage icing bag for 1-2 minutes, bringing it to room temperature and making it more adhesive. Cut the Icing bag half an inch from the tip.
  2. Next arrange house pieces for assembly and line up the walls with the E-Z build tool. Pipe a thick line of icing on each end to connect the walls
  3. Remove walls from the E-Z build tool and attach both the front and back walls of the house
  4. Apply a thick layer of icing on the peaks of the house and attach the roof. Then pipe a layer of icing on top of the house.  

All that’s left to do after that is decorating the house. This part is completely unique to everyone and is really where the most fun comes in! You can use the provided candies or buy your own to make the house look special, or use the extra frosting to look like snow on the roof! Overall, gingerbread houses are a great activity for all ages and a great way to spend time with family or friends during the holidays.