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Gingerbread tree kit
Little Miss always likes to make something edible over Christmas; last year it was the Christmas pudding and this year when we saw this kit, then this was the chosen make.
**What does the kit include?**
I always like to get something which includes most bits and pieces so we aren't scrabbling about for equipment. The large box which is brightly decorated with pictures of the tree includes:
* Icing bags
* Green and white icing
* Small round colourful sweets for the decorations
* Candy star and 3 candy presents
* 14 gingerbread pieces for the tree
The box gives an idea of the two types of tree which can be created- Holiday white pine and snow frosted green fir but for full instructions refer to the simple instructions included in the pack
**Making the tree...**
The 14 pieces of spiky shaped gingerbread actually come in 7 sizes so there are 2 pieces of each size. The idea is to place then at angles to each other to give the impression of branches and to hold each piece firm with a dollop of the icing (we used the white). The instructions tell us to make the icing the consistency of toothpaste, and to use it quickly so that it doesn't dry out.
We assembled the tree and then cut the end of the icing bags and dropped the decorating tip into the end. Little Miss used the bags for the green leaves of the fir but when it came to adding the snow she decided that she wanted the icing to be more runny so that she could drizzle it from the top and give the illusion of snow- I think the bags were just getting too fiddly.
Once the green and white icing has been put onto the tree than it's easy to decorate with the small sweets, and to place the presents at the bottom of the tree. The star is a bit more tricky to get it standing upright and needs quite a dollop of firm icing.
We ate some of the sweets as we went along- they each have a flavour which matches the colour and we liked the orange ones best! The gingerbread tree is a good flavour- not too strong but definitely a nice biscuit, although it does taste sweeter than usual gingerbread because of the icing on it.
The box suggests that the kit contains about 32 servings but this implies a small serving for each person.
Amount per this suggested serving is 120 calories although I think that this assumes all of the icing in the two quite big bags has been used and because we didn't use it all, then ours has less calories. The fat per serving is 4% of daily allowance with sodium being 3% and cholesterol 0%.
**Price and Availability...**
We bought ours in a Christmas shop and it cost £11.99. I have seen it on the internet having done a general google search at about the same price.
**What we thought**
Little Miss enjoyed making this Christmas tree. Because there was no cooking involved, it meant that she was able to make the majority of the tree by herself, although I did make the icing so that it was the correct consistency, so it's a good idea for children to be able to make something Christmassy and edible.
The tree is easily separated into pieces and is a pleasant gingerbread texture and taste nicely offset with the sweetness of the icing.
A good kit for children- simple to make and gives them a sense of accomplishment when people eat and enjoy their make!
Thanks for reading.