In our home, we began making candy cottages (or graham cracker gingerbread houses) when my children were 3, 4, and 5, with a couple of my girlfriends who had children of similar age groups. It was so easy and our children had a lot of fun making the houses, eating the goodies, and proudly displaying them throughout the season. It quickly became a holiday tradition as each year our children looked forward to making their “gingerbread” houses.
Over the next few years, our small group grew bigger, as other friends and their children wanted to be included in the fun. We moved beyond candy. Anything edible became fair game when constructing your home and yard: broccoli, dried parsley, cinnamon…you name it, it was used. One year we put them in the garage on the chest freezer to harden and the cat decided to lick them all. My children were very sad…
Alas, my children outgrew the desire to make candy cottages as they moved on to high school, college, jobs, and marriage. However, the fun part about writing this article is that it has brought back fond memories for my family and we are going to start again this year, this time including spouses and girlfriends.
I hope that you enjoy starting traditions with your family and friends as well while creating your very own candy cottage.
- Piece of sturdy cardboard 12” – 18” square, or paper sturdy paper plates
- Aluminum foil to cover cardboard/plates
- 1- 8oz milk container (per child) cleaned and dry. (Have the children get them from school)
- 1 recipe (or so) frosting (spackle)
- Graham crackers (get extra, the kids like to eat them)
- Assortment or candy/goodies
**Note cupcake tins are a marvelous way to contain your candy.