My boys and I went to visit Fox 9 to show the weatherman, Cody, how gingerbread houses are done. Click the video above to see the segment, or you can click here to go to the Fox 9 website.
It's all about the icing
Most of the kits come with some pre-packaged icing, which is fine for adding your decorations and making snow around the outside of the house, but I've found that real Royal Icing makes a huge difference for getting the house to stay together.
My Recipes for Royal Icing:
Royal Icing with Meringue Powder
Royal Icing with Egg Whites
Get it Straight!
You will need to straighten any side that will be resting against either another piece, or your display board/plate.
Patience is Key
Lots and Lots of Decorations
Golden Grahams or Frosted Mini Wheats for the roof.
Fruit Loops and Trix for colored decorations like lights, wreaths, etc.
Teddy Grahams for the inhabitants
Gum drops, of course
Mini Candy Canes & Starlight mints
Mini M&Ms or other extra-small colorful candy for Christmas lights or ornaments
Marshmallows for snowballs and snowmen
Spearmint leaves make great Christmas trees
Jolly Ranchers to crush for stained glass windows (if baking the houses yourself)
Have Fun with It!