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How to Make Gingerbread Houses

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Sweet's Candy Company is proud to present: How to Make Gingerbread Houses with detailed instructions for our Aromatic Gingerbread recipe, the Perfect Royal Icing recipe, gingerbread house assembly instructions, decorating ideas and hacks and our free downloadable gingerbread house template all in one place, so you can spend more time with friends and family – making memories this holiday season.

 

A Time-Honored Tradition

A gingerbread house was first mentioned in the literature of Grimm's fairy tale Hansel, and Gretel published in 1812. This time-honored tradition of adding decorated gingersnap cookies to decorate Christmas trees in colonial North America was adapted from the German tradition of making gingerbread houses. The tradition became associated with celebrating the Christmas season that many families in the US have cherished for the past 200 years. Make sure to give yourself several days or a full weekend for shopping and gathering supplies, baking, crafting decorations, construction, and final decorations.

 

Plan, Organize and Bake!

We recommend you devote two days to gather ingredients and supplies, bake your structure and make the royal icing in preparation for day three so you can devote special attention to detail in decorating and constructing the house and avoid feeling overwhelmed. Here is a 3-4 day time timeline to ensure everything goes smooth and you don't get your tinsel in a tangle:

 

Day 1 - Printing instructions, making a list and checking it twice and shopping

Print out the following recipes, and instructions;

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Day 2 - Making, baking, and set-up

  • Use the Aromatic Gingerbread Recipe printout: Make and bake your gingerbread and allow the pieces to cool, dry and harden overnight.
  • Use the Perfect Royal Icing printout: Prepare the royal icing, and store in the refrigerator in the piping bags to grab and go for decorating and construction day.
  • Use the Gingerbread House Template printouts:
  • Set up your work area - you will need a large work area like the dining room table; protect your work surface with a disposable tablecloth.
  • Arrange Sweet's candies in the center of the table for easy access.

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Day 3 - Decoration and Construction

  • Begin by decorating the four gingerbread walls and roof pieces. Pre-decorating while the pieces are lying flat will be the best way to make sure your decorating elements don't slide down and stay in place.
  • Allow enough time for the royal icing to dry and harden before beginning construction.
  • Next put roof both pieces together at the peak at about a 45-degree angle with royal icing.
  • Stand up 2 wall pieces at a time, and then make sure all four walls are tightly seamed together, using royal icing to glue the pieces in place and fill in any gaps.
  • Now is the time to turn on your battery operated tea light and place it inside the gingerbread house.
  • Next, add the roof piece and be very generous with the royal icing on the wall tops to avoid a collapsed roof. Extra hands may be needed to make sure your structure stays in place until the icing hardens enough to hold.
  • Lastly, add the chimney sides and back cover with royal icing and set the Candy Pebble stones in place to match your existing fireplace wall pattern.

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*You can stop here and extend the final decorating into Day 4.

  • Now have fun creating Sweet decorative elements for the landscaping like trees from candy or gingerbread, a path or candy stepping-stones to the front door and creating adorable candy figures.
  • Add icing icicles to the eaves, window tops, and chimney top.
  • Let it snow! Shake powdered sugar over the entire house to give an extra winter wonderland effect.

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Non-Gingerbread Ideas

Hosting a kid-friendly gingerbread house decorating party might seem daunting with baking and constructing delicate gingerbread. A house made from rice crispy treats squares or graham crackers may be just the solution to make sure little ones have fun too and help avoid frustration. For rice crispy houses use 6 prepackaged rice crispy squares or cut 6 squares from a pan of homemade rice crispy treats. Cut out a door and windows then assemble using royal icing. Decorate with Sweet's Cinnamon Santa's, Holiday Taffy, Fruit Sours and Christmas Jumbo GumDrops. This is a perfect craft idea for children 4 and up or as a children's Christmas Party idea!

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 'May your Christmas be filled with Sweet moments of joy and laughter with the ones you love' ~ from all of us at Sweet's Candy Company!

 

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas with Candy

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Every year, on Thanksgiving, we gather with our friends and family to feast and give thanks. Whether you are a guest or the host, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to express gratitude and appreciation for those you love with an unexpected cheerful treat or thoughtful craft. This year, forget the traditional pumpkin trimmings; delight your guests or host with aesthetic candy décor. The warm, festive colors and delectable flavors of fall will put a smile on your guest's faces - young and old!

We hope you enjoy our fun collection of Thanksgiving craft projects that are ideal for family time, craft night and school or church activities. Thanksgiving officially marks the beginning of the 'Season of Giving' and is the perfect time of the year to get together with those you care about. Using candy to craft something special for your feast is easy, fun and affordable. Our creative candy décor includes an edible welcoming wreath and elegant, mouthwatering centerpiece ideas that will delight everyone.

Welcoming Fall Taffy Wreath

making taffy wreathA salt-water taffy wreath is a whimsical way to welcome Thanksgiving guests or to present a sweet and unique hostess gift. This is a fun, unique and inexpensive group craft for ages 12 and up; *supervision may be required for hot glue gun use. Sweetcandy's World Famous Salt Water Taffy (available in bulk) comes in an amazing array of tempting fall flavors like s'mores, caramel, chocolate hazelnut, coconut and honey (pictured). Express your sweet side with this festive fall taffy wreath:

 

What You'll Need, per Wreath:

  • About 60 pieces of Salt Water Taffy
  • Wire Hanger
  • Tensile Stems
  • Large Fall-Colored Ribbon for the Bow
  • Wire Cutters / Pliers / Scissors

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Instructions:

1 - Bend the wire hanger into a circle.

2 - Use wire cutters to cut off the hanging top.

3 - Using pliers, then bend the 1st open end into a small loop. Circle the other end through the opening and form another, loop for the wreath hanger.

4 – Cut each tensile stem into 3 smaller pieces (you’ll need approximately 60 pieces, one for each piece of taffy).

5 – Twist the tensile stem to one end of the wrapper on each piece of taffy.

6 - Attach the taffy to the wire circle by tightly twisting each tensile stem around the wire. Adjust the taffy as you go to make sure there are no gaps.

7 - Curl remaining tensile stems around a pencil and attach to the wreath.

8 - Attach the bow and you're done.


Candy Corn Votive Candle Holders 

Candy Corn candle holdersTraditional tri-colored candy corn votive candle holders can easily transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving but Sweetcandy's old-fashioned candy corn is subtle white, yellow and orange to give a touch of elegance to your votive. You can also use delicious candy pebbles to easily create a more natural-looking, edible centerpiece for your holiday table. For this project, you can use any glass jar, mason jar, glass hurricane or glass votive you already have on hand and bulk candy corn or candy pebbles from Sweetcandy.com.

 

What You'll Need:

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Instructions:

1 - Fill a glass container with the desired amount of candy corn or candy pebbles.

2 - Add candles.

3 - Arrange or group jars on a serving tray in the center of your table or mantle for a warm touch, enjoy!

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Better-Than-Flowers Centerpiece 

Aside from the turkey, a simple and delicious edible centerpiece will be the highlight of your table. Practical and beautiful, these taffy skewers add a fun and creative touch to your holiday gathering and your guests can take them home as a party favor. The kids can pitch-in, making this a nice gift to present to your host. This easy and economical centerpiece can be customized with your favorite taffy and with seasonal favoriteslike fruit swirls in bulk (pictured).

 

What You'll Need:

Instructions:

1 - Slide taffy on bamboo skewers, alternating colors.

2 - Tie Raffia in a bow to each skewer, just under the taffy.

3 - Fit the floral foam in the bottom of the bucket and add the skewered taffy.

4 - Arrange in the center of your table.


Stunning Candy Corn Topiary

making candy topiaryThis beautiful candy corn topiary highlights the colors of the season with the traditional cornsilk yellow, pale orange, and white. Grouped together or alone, this topiary will be a topic of conversation around your holiday table. This is a great activity for a craft night with the girls! With or without the dowel, in a small flowerpot or tabletop urn, this stunning candy corn topiary is visually appealing and will add an amazing personal touch to your Thanksgiving Day fare.

 

What You'll Need:

  • Candy Corn, Value Pack from Sweet's Candy Company
  • Styrofoam Sphere
  • Hot glue gun
  • Stick or Dowel for Topiary
  • Flower Pot or Urn
  • Floral Foam

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Instructions:

1 - Cut your dowel to size, find the center of the foam sphere and drive the dowel in about halfway, then remove it.

Hot glue the base of the candy corn and tightly cover the entire sphere, this can be time-consuming – each 5” sphere takes about one hour. *You may want to use a bowl for easier handling.

2 - Gently reinsert the dowel into the sphere. Remember to handle with care to avoid the need to re-glue pieces that may get disturbed.

3 - Fill the bottom of the flowerpot or urn with floral foam. Drive topiary stem into the foam and secure it with hot glue, then cover the exposed foam with additional candy corn. Or, gently place the sphere in the urn for display.

Candy Turkeys

candy turkeysHere is a fun crafting idea perfect for Thanksgiving! 

We used Sweet’s Chocolate Cherry Sticks and Candy Corn for our turkeys! 

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Oh say, can you see…… a Fourth of July get-together that tops off the traditional picnic, barbecue or fireworks-viewing party with star-spangled treats? Brighten your Independence Day festivities this year by purchasing bulk candy in shades of red, white and blue – the sweetest way to demonstrate patriotism and spread the love to your fellow countrymen.  At Sweet Candy Company, we have a wide range of Fourth of July-themed candy to help you celebrate not only this holiday but also Pioneer Day, Veteran’s Day or other Americana-centric occasions. National pride never tasted so good.

We offer a 10 percent military discount as a way of saying "thanks" to those who serve our country.

All American Patriotic TaffyLet us take care of all your holiday-themed candy needs. From chocolates and assorted fruit sours to taffy and other treats, we have the perfect bulk candy to fit your needs. Fill up bowls or jars for a July Fourth party table decoration that’s both festive and practical. Create individually wrapped party bags to hand out to guests at your barbecue or cookout. Distribute handfuls of wrapped candy, like all-American salt water taffy, during Independence Day parades or while watching fireworks. Our July special promotions include a free 24 oz. bag of taffy when you spend $50 at Sweet Candy Company and free shipping on orders of $75 or more!

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Five score and five years ago, our fathers started a candy store in Portland, Ore., that was soon after relocated to Salt Lake City. Multiple generations later, our family is happy to continue the tradition of providing quality candy across the country and world. We also are honored to spread American pride this Fourth of July season by distributing patriotic candy in bulk. You can purchase our candy online, in your local grocery store or by visiting our candy factory in downtown Salt Lake City. Long live the USA.

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What You’ll Need

1. Taffy or other candy.
2. Curling ribbon. Choose one color or use the school’s colors.
3. Scissors.

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