Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Make A Next-Gen Gingerbread House with Go Organically - Giveaway

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Christmas may be over but many are still celebrating the holidays.  Take some time during the school break or on New Year's  to whip up a cup of hot cocoa and let the creative juices flow as you and the ones you love construct the most unique and innovative gingerbread house yet, courtesy of Go Organically Fruit Snacks.

Make a Next-Gen Gingerbread House

One of our favorite seasonal traditions is decorating a gingerbread house with the family. Some years we go all out and bake one from scratch. Other years we pick up a pre-made kit at the store. Either way, hands are sticky, hearts are full and memories are made. This year, we're giving the traditional gingerbread house a Go Organically "renovation" with fun swaps and alternative decorations that everyone will love. We're calling it the "Next-Gen Gingerbread House." Here's how it's done!

Step 1: Go House Hunting

First you'll need the gingerbread structure itself—meaning the walls, roof and doors. Your two options are baking and buying.

Baking: Find a basic gingerbread house recipe online, like this one from The Food Network. It includes paper patterns for your gingerbread house template so you'll know how big to make the walls, roof, etc. It's easy to swap out any of the ingredients for organic versions, such as organic butter or organic all-purpose flour.

Buying: The holidays can be hectic, so if you can make things easier with a pre-made kit, why not? This one from IKEA* includes just the structure itself and lets you add whatever decorations you want. Better yet? It's only $1.99. Perfect! If you're not near an IKEA, any kit will do. Simply save any unused decorations or icing for other holiday baking projects.

Step 2: Make the Cement

Next you'll need to make a binder to hold the structure together. Traditional royal icing is made with confectioners' sugar, egg whites and vanilla extract, and you can find the instructions here. For a Next-Gen version, consider modifying the recipe with coconut confectioners' sugar and free range eggs. Or skip the royal icing altogether in favor of melted organic white chocolate. Use your "cement" of choice to assemble the house and let it sit for a bit while you gather your decorations.

Step 3: Decorate with the Unexpected

Now comes the fun part: decorating! While we love candy canes and gumdrops as much as the next person, there's something so elegant about a natural-looking gingerbread house adorned with nuts, popcorn and fresh herbs. A few ideas to get you started:

Thatched roof: Use shredded wheat cereal to create a thatched roof. You can either apply whole pieces as shingles, or shred them with your hands and scatter them across the roof for a rustic effect.
Pathway: Create a "stone path" leading up to the front door using a mix of almonds and walnuts.
Windows: Outline your windows with pumpkin or sunflower seeds to mimic the look of a wooden frame.
Wreath: Shape a wreath out of fresh thyme to hang on the front of the house.
Pop of color: Use Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks to add visual interest while keeping the rest of the look low key. Stick on a red door knob or outline the roof with a string of colorful holiday "lights."

Happy decorating from everyone at Go Organically! Made with real fruit, their gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free kids snacks are a great choice for your on-the-go life.

*Note: Go Organically is not associated with IKEA.

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143 comments:

Peggy said...

I don't remember making a gingerbread house. My niece and nephew made two yesterday.

Suburban prep said...

I have tried a few times to make a gingerbread house. Let's just say it is a good thing I never went into the construction business or the architecture arena. They did not work out too well.

alissa apel said...

We've made a few. I like making them. I just rarely have a spot to put them.

Heather B said...

I have never done a Gingerbread house.

SueZH said...

My daughter took culinary ina tech HS. She had to make a gingerbread house every year. I had fun watching/helping her build them.

Pat Schwab said...

We bought a kit a couple of times or they used graham crackers for the house.

Kelly Nicholson said...


Leave a comment on this blog post with whether or not you've ever made a gingerbread house.

no..but i ate a few thnaks

Gala said...

I have never done a Gingerbread house.

Ken Ohl said...

Never have made a gingerbread house before

Julie Waldron said...

I've never made a gingerbread house.

Melissa Storms said...

We have made many gingerbread houses here. Mostly from kits.

Shelly Leatham said...

I have made many gingerbread houses over the years!

Steve Weber said...

Oh yeah, I'm a gingerbread house making machine.

Darlene Carbajal said...

I made one when I was little, but never made one since.

Aleksandra Nearing said...

I've made them with my daughter. It's a lot of fun!

Dagmar L said...

Yes! growing up we made one every year as a family

Kristen said...

Yes, I have made a gingerbread house.

Renee said...

Yes, but it has been a long time since I've made one.

Shelly Peterson said...

I have made a gingerbread house before but its been a while.

Maryann D. said...

I have never made a gingerbread house, but I know I would enjoy making one!
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Annamarie Voss said...

I made one when I was around 12 years old but that was a long time ago.

Laurie Nykaza said...

We have made gingerbread houses before and we made a pink one this Christmas too

Unknown said...

We made 3 gingerbread houses this year!

Crafty Zoo said...

We never made them, wasting food never seemed like a good use of our resources.

Nicole Martin said...

I have made one, and it was fun!

Lana Bilyy said...

Yes my kids did make there first one this year

kcatlin said...

I am not that craftily inclined so not we have not.

bison61 said...

nope I have never made a gingerbread house

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karley moore said...

I have never made a Gingerbread House, but I would like to!

kdrae said...

We've never made a Gingerbread house! We wanted to this year, but time just got away from us! Hopefully next year! :)
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AnnaZed said...

Oh yes, I have made many Gingerbread Houses. I have a mold even!
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Randi Sampson said...

We've made a few, but only from kits

Sally Gearhart said...

I buy 2 of the kits every year but i would definitely love to make my own though. My oldest daughter does one of the houses while me and the hubby go shopping. I love to build them so i will do the other house with the kids.

Antoinette Murphy said...

We usually buy the gingerbread kit.

Barb said...

I have made one before and they are so much fun. I always have to buy double candies because we keep eating them all. Especially the gumdrops.

abfantom said...

I have never made a gingerbread house. I don't think I have the patience for it!

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Gina Ferrell said...

I have made a Gingerbread house before had a hard time at first but I finally got the hang of it. It takes a lot of patience!

HolliJ said...

I have! Even as an adult. :) My husband and I keep talking about making one at Christmas, but we've yet to do it.

Abigail Gibson said...

I have never made a gingerbread house. My nephew tore one down though.

sweepmom said...

Yes, I have made several gingerbread houses, including a replica of my own home.

Robin Abrams said...

I have never made a Gingerbread house.

skyllar bilbo said...

ive maid a ginger bread house I try to make one every year!

Sandy Klocinski said...

I have never made a gingerbread house

msrodeobrat said...

I have made them before! We love to make gingerbread houses!
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KimsBlog said...

I never made one.

Liz said...

Yes, I've made several gingerbread houses with my kids !

Lauren said...

I have made a simple gingerbread house with graham crackers.

Nancy said...

Yes. We have made gingerbread houses.

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Darlene said...

I have never made a gingerbread house.

Hannah Knapp said...

Yep I've made many gingerbread houses.

Jennifer T. said...

I helped my two kids make gingerbread houses this Christmas season.

David B said...

I have not but I have helped to eat one

Nafeeza Chung said...

I have never made a ginger bread house

Klydra Pugh said...

Yes I have made gingerbread houses
Thanks for the chance

christine lewis said...

I made a gingerbread house with my daughter when she was little.

Michelle D. said...

Yup I make them with my daughter. She loves them

jenny said...

Yep I have made them before. I love snacking on them until Christmas

Christina O said...

No, but my kids have made one.

Charlene S. said...

Yes I have, but it has been many years since.

Momma Darby said...

we made a small gingerbread village this year! it was so cute!

Edye Nicole said...

I've never made one before.

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Lisa Ann said...

I have never made a gingerbread house.

tatertot374 said...

I have not but I have watched my kiddos build one. THank you

mogrill said...

We always buy the kits and make one every year.

Jennifer Reed said...

I have made a gingerbread house several times while my kids were young. They are older now so we don't do it but I still love it.

James Coyne said...

I have never made a gingerbread house

McKim said...

I helped my two grandsons make a gingerbread house and a gingerbread train from kits this weekend.

Vicky said...

I have made a few gingerbread houses with the kids. Lots of fun.

nicky heim said...

My kids and I make one every year

Stephanie Larison said...

Yes, I have made a few before. They never really look like they do on the box, haha.

Cas P said...

yes, i have. they are harder than they look to build.

Samantha Martin said...

O yes we make a gingerbread house every year ! It is so much fun with the kids!

stOOpidgErL said...

Yes I have and they are a ton of fun with my daughter!

Beth said...

I have made gingerbread houses but only from kits.

Susan Smoaks said...

i have made a gingerbread house before using a kit. it was fun.

Jan Lee said...

I've never made a gingerbread house. My mom was creative but not with food; it wasn't to 'play' with, lol

Deb said...

Yes we make Gingerbread Houses. The problem we have is we eat the gumdrops before getting them on the house.

Maria Gagliano said...

We used to make them every year. We passed the past two but I hope to bring it back next year.

Leela said...

I've made them several times.

Cassandra D. said...

No, I have not made a gingerbread house.

Sue Hull said...

Yes I've made quite a few gingerbread houses.This past Christmas I didn't make one.Thank you for the chance ☺

Heather Swarthout said...

I have, yes! Never turned out great but I've made one before. (theswarthouts@live.com)

Jeanna Johnson said...

I have decorated a ginger bread house, but never made one myself!

Michelle Elizondo said...

yes made one

Yona Williams said...

I remember making milk carton gingerbread houses in elementary school.

sarah said...

I have made a gingerbread type cookie but never gingerbread house.

lasian1 said...

Nope!

[Whatever U are, be a good one!] said...

I have never made a gingerbread house before but I would love to next year :)
Thank You for the chance!

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Marianna said...

I've never made a gingerbread house

Anne Higgins said...

We love to make gingerbread houses and other gingerbread items - so much fun to build and eat

Brian&AshleyParks said...

We make a large gingerbread house every year as a family! This year my kids got to play around with some graham crackers, icing, and candy to make smaller versions too!

Lisa Voyce said...

I attempted one last year.

Angie Ford said...

No gingerbread house but maybe next year!

caseyle2010 said...

yes, i have made a couple with my kids!
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D. Wood said...

We just made a gingerbread house a couple of weeks ago

Robin T said...

We made a gingerbread house with my son a few years ago.

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Elizabeth Miller said...

We did make a gingerbread house a few years ago and my daughter put it in a local contest and got second place.

Michelle said...

I have made a dew gingerbread houses with my kids!

brendaelsner said...

We have made a gingerbread house a couple of times.

Jennifer Q. said...

My kids and I have made a gingerbread house and it was a lot of fun!

yellowlabs said...

I haven't tried to make a gingerbread house yet. It would be fun try to make one with my kids.

Heather! said...

I don’t think I have ever made a gingerbread house! Sounds like fun, though. Maybe next year!

Kerry P said...

I don't recall ever making one, but I watched my kids do it with their grandma.

saturdaynightfever said...

Yes; over twenty five years ago!

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Jae Park said...

Yes, we have made a gingerbread house, it was so much fun. We didn't this year, but it's on our list for next year. Thanks!

Sonya Allstun said...

I have to say I have never had part in building a
Gingerbread House .....we never did things like this growning up since mom and dad worked all the time.

Belinda said...

We make a gingerbread house every Christmas :)

Janice Crespo said...

We actually made a Paw Patrol one this year. It was a lot of fun!

Candie L said...

The boys love to make a Gingerbread house every year. Thank you

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crankyyanky1 said...

Ive never made a gingerbread house

Brenda said...

I've never made one and if I did, I'd eat it before I finished it.

EvilTreeFrogs said...

I have made a gingerbread house before. I don't like to eat gingerbread, but I love making the house. :)

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

I made one once, with my nephew when he was young....We had fun making it and I think he had fun tearing into it. Thanks and God Bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol dot com

Brittany Steuart said...

I haven’t made a gingerbread house. We tried to this year but it failed. Hoping to next year

craftnrun said...

I have never made a ginger bread house before, but it's on my list for next year.

Jane McGregor said...

Yes I've made a lot of them!

Shannon O'Neill said...

I just made a gingerbread house at Christmas time.

Kayla Klontz said...

I make Gingerbread houses every year with my kids.

Lisa Pecora said...

I used to make Gingerbread houses when I was a kid.

Yana Ryjova said...

I made one with my best friend as a kid.

Clair Freebie said...

I make a gingerbread house with my daughter every Christmas!

Shea =) said...

Yes we used to make one every year with our two boys when they were little =)

purplepassion126 said...

Nope, I've never made a gingerbread house.

Philip Lawrence said...

I have never made a gingerbread house.

Brandon Ralston said...

I have never made one of those gingerbread houses.

Darby Elizabeth said...

No I have not

Kathy Pease said...

Yes I have made a ginger bread house

Diane said...

Ive never made a gingerbread house

joenkristy5 said...

I have never made one myself, one of these years..

Melanie Comello said...

I made one last year, and plan to again this year :) My little girl loves to help!

Carolyn Daley said...

I have never built a gingerbread house before.

Brandy said...

I have it was so much fun!

Breanne said...

I have not.

Charlie Raisor said...

Yes, i've made gingerbread houses with my family on christmas as an activity on a yearly basis way back when.

dvice12 said...

I have never made a gingerbread house

MichelleCat said...

Well, I have made kits with my kids called "Gingerbread houses" but, that's is as far as it goes towards the "house" term. Have we made disastrous attempts? Yep! bonita7878(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kelsey Vinson said...

We always make gingerbread houses.

lkw1974 said...

We have made a gIngerbread House- thank you

amanda whitley said...

i have attempted to make them but they always fell apart.

Vikki Billings said...

I have never made a gingerbread house before.
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Julieh said...

Yes we make them every year.

vegan4life said...

NEVER MADE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE.

Amy Deeter said...

Yes every year we make a gingerbread house. It is so much fun