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Holiday Gingerbread House Fun

Abbie Gingerbread House Making

Holiday Gingerbread House Fun

At Dutch Country General Store, we love the holiday season and all the fun activities that come with it. One of our favorites is making holiday gingerbread houses. It’s a fun activity that’s perfect for all ages! Whether your gingerbread house is simple or complex, we encourage you to try making one with your family this holiday season!

Join us as we hear from one of our lovely customers, Abbie, as she builds a beautiful gingerbread house from scratch with her grandma. She shares her grandma’s recipe and process with us and tells us which Dutch Country General Store candies she chooses to decorate her masterpiece. Follow along with us for some holiday gingerbread house fun!

Abbie Shopping 1
Abbie Shopping 2
Abbie Shopping 3
Abbie Shopping 4

Shopping at Dutch Country General Store

My family has a lot of fun holiday traditions! One of my favorites is making a gingerbread house with my grandma. We build one together every year along with numerous other family members.

This year I wanted to get a lot of my decorating candy at Dutch Country General Store. They always have a lot of fun, unique candy, especially for Christmas! Some of the things I chose were:

  • Reindeer Food (peanuts and Christmas-colored candy corns) – I was able to use the peanuts for my walkway and the candy corns for the roof of my shed. 
  • Frosty’s Favorite Mix (kind of like Puppy Chow) – I used this for the roof of the gingerbread house and as an ornate window on the front. I love how it looks like snow!
  • Christmas Fruit Snacks – I used the little white snowmen and red and green trees by the front door to make it look welcoming.
  • Mini M&Ms – These were perfect for creating a wreath for the front door.
  • Gum Drops – I knew I had to use this traditional decorating candy! I chose to only use the Christmas-colored ones all around the gingerbread house and roof.
  • Cinnamon Hard Candy – I used these to create a fence and wrapped it around my whole gingerbread yard.
  • Old-fashioned Hershey Bar – I used this for the shutters on my windows.
  • Shredded Coconut – I used it to add a soft snowy texture all over my little gingerbread scene.
Grandma's Gingerbread Recipe
Grandma's Icing Recipe

Family Traditions with Grandma

My grandma bakes the gingerbread from scratch and uses patterns to create the correct shapes – we love to eat the scrap pieces! Then together, we frost the edges of each piece and place them together. To support each side of our house while the frosting dries, we use soup cans. Once our gingerbread house is built, the fun part begins!

Decorating my house is my favorite part because I get to be creative. Mixing and matching all the candies I chose is fun! As I decorate, my family helps me think of ways I can use the various candies. I love how my house looked when it was finished!

Abbie Decorating 1
Abbie Decorating 2

Decorative Candy and Sweet Treats

Products found at Dutch Country General Store used in Gingerbread House

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    Peanut Butter Monkey Munch

    This sweet treat will surely keep you munching! Corn cereal squares tossed with melted chocolate and peanut butter then covered with a generous dusting of powdered sugar is what you’ll find in every batch of this Peanut Butter Monkey Munch. A treat for both kids and adults, this munch mix makes a great snack as well as a delicious addition to any party or picnic spread.

    $8.99$43.99
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    Australian Licorice, Black

    These soft and chewy licorice pieces are a classic Australian treat that are full of old fashioned black licorice flavor. Taste a piece and you’ll see why this Australian classic is now an American favorite.

    $8.99$43.99
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    Assorted Giant Gum Drops

    These sugar sanded gumdrops are a classic favorite in classic flavors: cherry, orange, anise, lime, lemon and pineapple.

    $5.99$28.99
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    Sugar Free Starlight Mint Hard Candies

    These classic mints have been a cool and refreshing candy for years. Use these Sugar Free Starlite Mints to freshen your palette after dinner or unwrap one for a sweet peppermint pick me up at any time of the day.

    $12.99$41.99
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    Sanded Cinnamon Drops

    Enjoy the spicy taste of cinnamon in every one of these classic candies. Each drop has been sanded with sugar for a sweet candy treat. These drops can also be used to soothe dry or sore throats.

    $5.99$28.99
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    Mini Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeyes

    Creamy peanut butter surrounded by sweet milk chocolate is what makes these peanut butter buckeyes an irresistible treat.

     

    Warm Weather Handling (March through September): At Dutch Country General Store, we take great pride in delivering our products to you in the best way possible. As spring and summer temperatures warm up, we begin shipping out heat-sensitive products in enhanced packaging with dry ice or ice packs and with upgraded delivery service. Due to the additional packing materials and expense of delivery, orders that contain heat-sensitive items will incur an extra charge of $6.00 per ORDER.

     

    Please take into consideration that these products are shipped out on Mondays and Tuesdays each week, so we can get them to you as quickly as possible. All orders received after 1 pm (Central) on Tuesday will be shipped the following week. 

    $7.99$38.99
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    JuJu Cinnamon Bears

    With a firm texture, bold red color and hot cinnamon flavor, these bears will leave your taste buds tingling!

    $5.99$28.99
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    Milk Chocolate Peanuts, No Sugar Added

    These peanuts are smothered in milk chocolate for a salty sweet snack. Try adding a handful of these to your favorite ice cream sundae for an extra sweet treat that contains no added sugar.

     

    Warm Weather Handling (March through September): At Dutch Country General Store, we take great pride in delivering our products to you in the best way possible. As spring and summer temperatures warm up, we begin shipping out heat-sensitive products in enhanced packaging with dry ice or ice packs and with upgraded delivery service. Due to the additional packing materials and expense of delivery, orders that contain heat-sensitive items will incur an extra charge of $6.00 per ORDER.

     

    Please take into consideration that these products are shipped out on Mondays and Tuesdays each week, so we can get them to you as quickly as possible. All orders received after 1 pm (Central) on Tuesday will be shipped the following week. 

    $9.99$48.99
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    Cinnamon Imperials

    Cinnamon Imperials. Great for snacking or baking!

    Product may ship in multiple containers.

    $4.99$23.99
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    Hersheys Nostalgia Bar Milk Chocolate

    Hersheys Nostalgia Bar Milk Chocolate
    A vintage favorite, these candy bars are melt-in-your-mouth. Add this to your list the next time you need a sweet fix.

    $4.99
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    Cinnamon Pecans

    Cinnamon Pecans are crunchy pecans generously dusted with sweet cinnamon. Use as an ingredient or topping in your favorite, cake, cookie, muffin and brownie recipes.

    $16.99$81.99
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    Sweet Temptation Snack Mix

    Sweet Temptation™ Snack Mix is full of chocolate covered raisins, peanut candy pieces, roasted peanuts, almonds and chewy raisins. Combine this sweet and salty mix with your popcorn at your next movie night.

    $11.99$52.99

Gingerbread & Icing Supplies

Products found at Dutch Country General Store used in Gingerbread House

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    Ground Cinnamon

    Ground Cinnamon (Ing. Cinnamon, Ground Korintje 2%)

    **This product has no significant nutritional value per 1/4 tsp.

    Product may ship in multiple containers.

    $11.99$57.99
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    Danncy Pure Vanilla Dark 12oz

    Mexican vanilla and so delicious!

    $9.99
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    Domino 10X Powdered Sugar

    Domino 10x sugar is a finely ground sugar (also known as confectioner’s sugar) and is perfect for making candies, frostings, glazes and fudge. This powdered sugar is refined 10 times to make it easy and smooth to work with. This sugar can also be sprinkled as a topping on French toast, pancakes and funnel cakes.

     

    $6.99$32.99
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    Crisco Shortening 6lb

    The original. The classic blue can no pantry should be without. Use it for baking, frying, or just to feel like a rock star in the kitchen.

    $20.99
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    Morton Table Salt

    Table Salt (Ing. salt, yellow prussiate of soda added as an anti-caking agent)

    Product may ship in multiple containers.

    $2.99$13.99
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    Baking Soda

    This Baking Soda is aluminum free. Baking Soda is a leavening agent that helps produce light, airy breads and perfect cakes. Most recipes will instruct you to mix baking soda with other dry ingredients before adding liquid. Some recipes might tell you to mix briefly or “only until moistened”. Mixing this way keeps the baking soda from reacting until the end of the mixing process.

    Gluten Free

    $6.99$32.99
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    Raw Sugar

    Raw Sugar is a minimally processed sugar that has a high molasses content which gives it a rich, complex, flavor. Use this Raw Sugar for desserts and baked goods and as a delicious topping for pastries.

    $4.99$18.99
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    Baking Flour All Purpose

    Our Flour is a blend of hard and soft wheat, making it a versatile flour that is great for use in all of your favorite bread, cake, cookie and pie recipes.

    2lbs

    $5.99

Start Your Own Holiday Fun Today!

From all of us here at Dutch Country General Store, we hope you have a fantastic holiday season. We encourage you to participate in your own holiday gingerbread house fun this Christmas and create new memories with your family.

Stop by and see us and pick up your gingerbread house supplies today or order from our website!

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