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I'll Huff, Puff & Blow your GINGERBREAD House down!!
Dr Oetker Gingerbread House Kit
Member Name: xjemloux
Dr Oetker Gingerbread House Kit
Advantages: It's a fun activity, tasted good!
Disadvantages: You could need to buy another tube of icing.
I love messy times with my twins, that includes painting, playing with sand and water and even making cakes so when my eyes were drawn to a lovely baby blue box on Sainsburys shelves I had to have a look and was soon pleased that it was in a fact a gingerbread house kit.
Dr Oetker's Christmas Gingerbread House Kit comes in a, as I've said, baby blue box, quite a large one in fact with a white snowy floor with a decorated gingerbread house on the front. The front of the box informs us that No other ingredients are required as everything is inside the box and that one box makes 1 Gingerbread house. Also on the front we are told that this contains;
*No hydrogenated fats
*No artificial colours
*No artificial flavours
*No artificial sweeteners.
The back of the box tells us that the activity time of making this house is 45mins and we have 2 step circles of instructions to follow.
Step 1 is the circle telling us how to build it and step 2 is the circle guiding us through decorating.
The box contains 3 packs of sweets including jelly diamonds, marshmallows and mini smartie sort of sweets. It also includes a pack containing gingerbread shapes and one large tube of decorative icing.
The instructions on the back are simple and easy to follow but even just by looking at each of your gingerbread pieces and the picture on the front of the finished house you can sort of see where each piece has to go. It is a little tricky at first trying to get the pieces to stay together whilst building your house, as the icing doesn't always squeeze out and not all pieces stick thanks to this minor problem. It can be helped though if you have a play with the tube beforehand squeezing it etc whilst the lid is still on to warm the icing up a little as this may help produce a steady flow of icing when you do get around to using it. The icing is what's used to stick each piece together as once it's set it holds the gingerbread in place steady, and sturdy, although don't try test it by dropping it on the floor of course as it's just a cake afterall and it will break lol!
When it comes to decorating your house you have to use the icing again to stick the sweets on and the join the edges of your house just to make it look 'pretty'. It does give you an idea on the box from the picture on how to decorate it but you could plaster it with sweets and icing anyway you want - creating alot of messy fun for the children of course!
Ours was a bit of a rushed job and took nowhere near 45 mins to complete I think it would only take you that long if you were really putting all your effort making it really good. Because I rushed also I didn't stick each piece together properly with the icing but after squeezing the icing out afterwards it tidied the 'look' up a bit. After me and the twins decorated it with sweets and allsorts I have to admit it did look really good, and they had great fun splodging icing all over it and splattering sweets in random places to make our little house. It is a great activity for kids to do something different to the normal fairy cakes anyway. One thing I would say though is maybe purchase another tube of icing to help with the sticking of the pieces together and sticking the sweets on as I struggled with the sweets at the end to get them all on as there was hardly any icing. The joining of the pieces is what takes the majority of the icing and then the lining of the joins to.
So after all our hardwork and dedication on our Gingerbread house, I suppose you're wondering how it tasted?
Well it was in fact really tasty!
The gingerbread pieces were thick, chunky, moreish and gingery alot better than I expected, they had a little crunch from the outside but as I bit into the middle they softened slightly, a few enjoyable textures that's for sure. The sweets around the outside not only made the look colourful but it coloured the textures whilst eating it too, Squidgy marshmallows, crunchy shelled chocolate and jellified sugary sweet bits too. The icing was thick, smooth and sweet and blended lovely with the ginger biscuit. I was quite surprised it tasted so good I was expecting it it to be one of those box kits you buy that are great fun to make but tastes revolting but this was great fun to make and tasted delicious.
Summary: A fun boxed kit!