Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Louisiana Christmas Candy House!

Forget the ginger bread house, this is much easier and you can make it as big as you want without worrying about it falling down!

We made a candy house every year when I was growing up in Louisiana, usually with 2 other families.  It is a fond Christmas memory that I have.  I heard of gingerbread houses when I was young, but didn't know anyone who made one and I don't even think I saw one in real life until I moved to North Carolina.  I think maybe because of the humidity (yes, even in December) in south Louisiana that it just would be way too much trouble.  Anyway, this is fun for the the kids, especially small ones, because everyone can help.  It doesn't have to be perfect and you don't have to worry about it coming crashing down.

About 10 years back someone in NC gave us a gingerbread house kit that you put together with royal icing.  It was a warmer than usual day when we tried to make it.  It kept falling down and the candy was sliding off and my kids were literally in tears!  This is so much easier.

We make ours pretty big out of a big box and masking tape, this way lots of kids can help at the same time.  We put it in the front of the house on the dining room table and we get all kinds of compliments on it.  Most people think at first that it is gingerbread.....wink, wink.  The smell fills the house and reminds me of my childhood.  So here is how we do it.........

You'll need peanut butter for the roof and then you cover that with vanilla wafers to look like shingles.  You'll need white icing for the rest of the house.   Then you decorate with assorted candy......whatever you like (dollar store has great prices : )

Then you make a house out of an empty box with masking tape.  You make have to cut-up some extra card board to make the roof and chimney.



  1. that is awesome! thanks for sharing! we just had a kit over the weekend and it was such a nuisance that the girls made three little houses. I am definetly going to have to try this!!

  2. Wow, that looks great! Way better than the flop Gingerbread Houses I have tried to make with the kids each year. We are going to have to try it your way! Thanks!

  3. I love it. My kids would have a blast pulling that off. We normally use a small carton of chocolate milk. I think it is 1/2 pint or pint. Anyway, everyone does their own by icing graham crackers on it for the sides and top. But oh boy, I'm sure they'll have much more fun doing one like this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wow! That sure beat the small ginger bread houses that we made over here!!! Merry Christmas!

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