Yes, I know it’s been almost a month since Christmas. But I had to share this experience with all of you.
I bought this Crayola Gingerbread House Kit in the beginning of December at an international grocery store. Yup, we don’t have these at our regular grocery stores and they’re not a tradition as they’re in other countries. But I have always wanted to build one and was pretty excited to do this as a family for our Christmas.
I could have just baked and assembled it from scratch but, for a first experience… I thought the no-baking and candy filled version would be best.
The box came with the gingerbread panels, set-up tray, assorted candy and icing tubes. And then all we had to do was to follow instructions and do our best to make it look as cute as the one on the box.
Well, it sure wasn’t as easy as it could have been buuuut, we had fun, did our best and it turned out different from what it was supposed to look, but cute! And made a cool centerpiece for our Christmas table. So, let’s take a look at some photos, and then I’ll share my pros and cons of the kit.
So, on to my thoughts on the kit.
This kit has every item needed to build a gingerbread house and really simple instructions. Everything was neatly packaged. The gingerbread panels were tasty and not overly sweet – even though not as good as my own gingerbread recipe.
The gingerbread panels were packaged with the set-up tray and that left greasy marks on the cardboard; that could have been prevented by not adding the set-up tray to the plastic packaging. The icing tubes were difficult to use, specially for someone using it for the first time; I would prefer to have icing plastic tubes, with an adequate opening. We hated the taste of the candy provided and ended up only eating the soft spongy ones – the others were way too lemony for our taste.
So, overall… it was a good first experience. The kit was complete enough and perfect for a first time. It was a fairly cheap kit, specially if you were to add all the costs of baking and buying the items separately.
I will make more gingerbread houses in my life, but I’m thinking that this was the only one I bought as a kit. I’ll probably go the “make from scratch” route from now on.
But it looked good as a centerpiece, didn’t it? I’ll be uploading yet another Christmas related post tomorrow, regarding our Christmas tables. They were too good and cute not to share, even a month after the fact. 😉
I’ll be sharing this review in some of the link parties listed here. And talking about link parties, have you linked up your creations on this week’s Pin It Monday Hop? I’m co-hosting for the month of January and there’s a new giveaway every week!