A great way to include treats on a gingerbread house is to make edible candy holders for chocolates, chewing gum and suckers.
Hollow Cookie Vats and Containers
Round vats can be made by stacking hollow gingerbread rings on top of one another.
Any shaped vat can be made using a nesting cutter set. Or, you can always ice four walls together to make a box for a wheelbarrow.
Bulging vats that look like barrels can be made by stacking different sized cookie rings on top of another from small to large to small again. This tutorial explains how it’s done:
Gingerbread Chutes and Tunnels
Check out this closeup of an amazing gingerbread house candy factory made by Lynne Schuyler with a lot of talent and hard work plus a little help from my cookie chutes & tunnels tutorial.
I use this recipe to make my structures
Gingerbread House Dough Recipe & Baking Instructions
I’ve found that candy bars with whole nuts on the inside, when turned upside down, look like cobbled walkways.
Whole chocolate bars make great porches and awnings. If they’re broken up and stacked on top of one another, they also work as stairs.
Bubble gum tape can be mounted on gingerbread cookie dispensers so that folks can tear off however much they want to chew.
Follow this link to download my free gingerbread choo choo train template. It doubles as a candy holder!
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Where can we get the template for the candy factory
I do not offer a template for this particular design. However you may find some courage by looking at Lynne Schuyler’s candy factory, which is a variation of the same idea. If she can do that with a seed of inspiration, so can you!