Product Type: Dr Oetker's Snacks
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Hansel and Gretel would NOT be impressed!
Dr Oetker Gingerbread House Kit
Member Name: sparkymarky1973
Dr Oetker Gingerbread House Kit
Advantages: Looks ok once put together!
Disadvantages: Icing is a bit crappy...may need to buy or make more for better quality results
Having read a (mostly) good review on here previously, I had always wanted to give this kit a go and so, when I saw it in Sainsburys this week, a left-over from xmas stock no doubt, for the paltry sum of 50p, I decided to pick one up! All I can say is I am glad I didn't pay much more!
The Gingerbread House comes in 5 bits; already cooked, you get two side walls, a base and a front and back piece also. There is a section on the front piece that can be cut out to make a door and this is easier than it sounds as the gingerbread didn't crack or split as I thought it might when I first applied the knife!
As well as the gingerbread, you are also supplied with a tube of icing and a small selection of sweets that include baby smarties, jelly tot decorations and mini marshmellows. Trust me, if you do this with your kids keep them out of the way as they seem to disappear fast!
The instructions for construction are supplied on the rear of the box and are relatively easy to follow and straight forward so that is all good! What is not good is the icing!
Firstly, to my mind, you don't get quite enough! As you apply it to the walls to act as a glue to hold the whole thing together, it seems to dry out very quickly meaning you have to be swift to put it all together! And also that you have to use more than was probably intended!! This left us with very little to decorate the sides of the house meaning I had to quickly make up some more! Fortunately we had some icing sugar in stock so this did not tsake long but I felt cheated both that I had to and also that my icing was better than the one supplied!!!
The sweets are quite nice to eat, about the same as any other sweets of a similar persuasion, but my second critique comes with the taste of the gingerbread! We ate some of this the same night we had made it and I personally found it a bit stale and not at all as I might have expected it to! As a chef, I have made my own gingerbread on numerous occassions and it always tastes, and lasts, a lot better than this! For me, the ginger was not overly strong and quite mild by comparison to how I would normally have it but the texture was a little like cardboard!
It tasted a bit better two days in and a little less cardboardy but still I was less than impressed. I had not bought one of these before, both because I had not seen a Dr.Oteker branded house before and because the ones I had seen were always quite pricey for what they were! At 50p, this was a bargain but tasted cheap and was something of a disappointment on all accounts! Also the end result was really not worth the amount of effort I had to put in trying to get the icing to hold everything together and though the house was
aesthetically pleasing in the end, the taste did not match up!
If you see it cheap, you might consider this product but I wouldn't be spending too much money on it and it looks a lot better than it tastes! Maybe this Xmas I will spend a little more and get a more expensive and hopefully better constructed version!
Summary: cheap and only a little bit cheerful!