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Nov 12, 2008 11:18 AM

Any edible (really) gingerbread house kits out there?

I'm having a Dec. birthday party for my daughter and would like the kids to be able to assemble and bring home gingerbread houses. I'm not going to be baking these things and I know there are kits on the market, but my idea would be to get ones that are actually somewhat fresh and tasty if they choose to eat them. has anyone used any that might fit the bill? I'm in NYC, so if it's a local bakery, I can probably make the trip, but mail order is ideal. Thanks!

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  1. They used to sell some at Costco that were good. However-- all you need to do is buy a box of graham crackers, containers of white icing, and an assortment of candy. Basically- buy the items that the kits contain! If the children are really young, it helps to assemble the house around a small box or milk carton for stability.

    1. I don't think many people eat gingerbread houses. I had a gingerbread house making party last year for my daughter and her friends and made all the houses, cutting the template myself, with a gingerbread recipe from Bon Appetit. I can't tell you how long it took (houses were over 12" tall and 16" wide w/ stained glass windows) and how much it must have cost but it was far more than I would have thought. It was all decorative and once the houses sit around for a week, they dry out. And, they put so much effort into them, they didn't want to eat them. So, if you're looking for a kit, I'd go with whatever is least expensive. If you're looking for something that tastes good, I'd make gingerbread people, let them decorate and eat those and keep the house for a centerpiece.

      1. There is a great kit at

        It was just featured in Oprah Winfrey's magazine.

        They do mail order.

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        1. re: HTHeather

          Don't ya hate it when the computer doesn't cooperate with you.

        2. They have fresh baked gingerbread house kits for $21.99, includes the house, little mini gingerbread men & decorations, royal icing mix and candies. They bake them fresh for you. They actually taste GREAT. They also have gingerbread men & girl kits. It's not on the website but you can call & ask them for it.

          1. The King Arthur catalogue has one. I've never tried it, but their products are usually good.