Candy List for Decorating Gingerbread Houses

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 It’s that time of year when I start planning our annual gingerbread decorating party. This tradition started when my son was two. Back then, his idea of decorating consisted of piling on frosting and putting candy decorations in completely random spots. It was great fun! Several years later, the group of kids is a little older and ready for a few decorating tips to spark their creativity.

 

If you’re making a gingerbread house this year, take a look at this compilation of gingerbread photos that one baker has collected.

Below are some ideas to add to your candy shopping list:

  • Roof: Necco Wafers, mini marshmallows, shredded wheat cereal, oats, Rice Krispies, gumdrops, Andes Mints, crushed Butterfingers, corn flakes, peppermints, M&M’s, Skittles, Starbursts, sliced Snickers, nuts, Spree 
  • Tree: ice cream cones decorated with silver balls, and red hots,  mini candy canes + jelly fruit slices
  • Doors: Nestle Crunch, Hershey’s Bars,  graham crackers, stick gum
  • Doormat:Pez, Chicklets
  • Walls: stick gum, caramels sliced, Skittles cut in half, jelly beans cut in half 
  • Windows: lined in royal icing, melt candy for glass windows
  • Windowpanes: crushed clear red candies
  • Shutters: Hershey’s chocolate bars, crackers, Nestle’s Crunch, stick gum, Andes Mints 
  • Fences: pretzel sticks, shaped pretzels
  • Mosaic path: licorice pieces, colorful candy-coated chocolate pieces, Spree, Snickers, nuts, Rice Krispies, Skittles, M&Ms , Starbursts, candy wafers, red hots, chocolate bar slices, gumdrops, Nerds, rock candy 
  • Bushes: jelly fruit slices, large marshmallows 
  • Christmas lights: thin licorice ropes, jelly beans, colorful candy-coated chocolate pieces, mini dot candy
  • Cart: pretzel squares, graham crackers, frosted wheat cereal
  • Snow: shredded coconut, white cotton candy (who even knew?), powdered sugar
  • Wreath:  Lifesavers, Cherrios, Fruit Loops
  • Presents: sugar cubes, caramels
  • Lamppost: candy cane + gumdrop, lollipops, peppermint sticks
  • Snowmen: large marshmallows
  • Slides & Seesaws:mini candy bars, Laffy Taffy
  • Swing Set: mini candy canes + rope licorice + mini candy bars
  • Benches & Wagons – mini candy bars, graham crackers
  • Log Pile:toostie rolls, cinnamon sticks cut in thirds, mini pretzels, mini candy bars sliced
  • Additional Candies: Teddy Grahams, Gummy Bears, Animal Crackers, gingerbread men cookies, candy buttons, raisins and dried fruits, Whoppers, nonpareils, peppermints, bubble gum tape, candy corn, Good and Plenty, Hershey’s Kisses, sour balls, Twizzlers, icing writers

    If you’re looking for a list by candy category, check out my 2009-2010 gingerbread decorating post!

    Feel free to share if you have other ideas! This is a work in progress!

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    9 Responses to Candy List for Decorating Gingerbread Houses
    1. Kelleye
      November 30, 2008 | 7:16 pm

      Wow! this would be a great thing to do with-out kids! hahaha- because I know kids could not have done what all those fabulous pictures reflected- what an art! If my children were to do this it would be like Mater says ” looks like a tornado in a trailor park!” and the candy would all be gone!

    2. soph
      December 1, 2008 | 10:26 am

      I love the gingerbreak house-making party you generously hosted us last year… We are going to miss you all this year! We’re leaving on 12/11 and returning New Year’s day! Have a fun party and thanks for the great tips!

    3. Donna @ What the Dog Ate
      November 13, 2012 | 9:54 pm

      Thank you for that amazing list. This will be our first Gingerbread House decorating party. Wish me luck!

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