Product Type: Dr Oetker's Snacks
Newest Review: ... not need to actually make the house from scratch - just put it together. There are instructions on how to assemble your house and if you us... more
You can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man.
Dr Oetker Gingerbread House Kit
Member Name: beautybabiex
Dr Oetker Gingerbread House Kit
Advantages: fun for kids, not hard to make, tastes good
Disadvantages: only useful at christmas time
When my nieces were over last Christmas eve, I wanted to help my sister get them into the Christmas mood. To help us do this, we danced around the kitchen listening to Christmas songs and brought this ginger bread house kit - it wouldn't be Christmas without one!
The packaging is quite typical to Dr Oetker, which isn't a brand I have really used before but it was the only ginger bread house kit available. The box is light blue (the sky) with white snow and snowflakes around a picture of the finished gingerbread house. Obviously you don't have to make yours look exactly like this but its always a nice touch. The box has all ingredients and nutritional information on it, along with a list of the things you get inside the box. I was pleasantly surprised to find out we didn't need any other ingredients - although we did buy icing sugar so it looked like the house had been snowed on.
The ginger bread house comes in pieces so you do not need to actually make the house from scratch - just put it together. There are instructions on how to assemble your house and if you use the front of the box, it is pretty easy to follow. I made the house before the girls got to my house and just let them decorate as knowing how clumsy they are - the house would of been broken before it was made!
Once put together with icing, you can follow more instructions on how to decorate your house. Inside the box is smarties (but a different brand not the original ones you see in the supermarket), jelly diamonds and marshmallows. We did buy silver icing balls and a Barbie decorating set which had pink glittery things in it to make the house more girly.
The pack is good as it contains a big enough icing tube for you to be able to glue the house together and stick on all your decorations. Ours did end up being so covered you could not even see the gingerbread 'roof' at all! They also got some sylvanian family squatters for the brief time before it was eaten.
Decorating the house proved to be loads of fun for my two nieces (Who were at the time, Olivia 6 and Evie 2 - now obviously a year older). My sister and I were a little hesitant to let little Evie use the kit but she was absolutely fine as long as she was monitored. Its quite a good idea as I don't like letting them near an oven and making cakes from scratch makes an absolute mess. This just leaves you with a sticky table and sweets everywhere which isn't too hard to tidy up.
The box says it should take 45 minutes to do the house, I think ours took a little longer. This was purely down to arguments about who was doing what to the house. In the end they had a roof side each to decorate but then moaned about who's side was better).
About 2/3 days later we ate the house which was absolutely yummy! The ginger bread was very crunchy and gingery, which is exactly how I like it. It did not dry your mouth out although it was quite hard to bite off. I am not a huge fan of sweets so I ate the flooring to the house rather than the roof, but the girls didn't seem to complain while chomping their way through lots of sugary goodies! I would however, advise you eat the ginger bread house within a week as the ginger bread will go soggy and go off quickly. We kept ours in a plastic cake box on the kitchen counter so it stayed on display but stayed fresh!
When I brought the kit, I was half expecting it to be rubbish and taste horrid, but in fact it was really nice and such a good activity to do with the girls. They normally get bored at Nanny's house because we don't have many toys so this was perfect (it also stopped them peeking at all of their Christmas presents which is a bonus!). I have since looked on the Dr Oetker website and discovered they do many kits for Christmas and other holidays which look lots of fun!
Our kit cost £2 from Asda, but it can be brought in most super markets at a similar price. It is very good value for money!
ALLERGY ADVICE: Contains gluten, milk, eggs and a trace of nuts.
Summary: well worth the buy!