The best place to shop for gingerbread house candy is in the kind of store with bins. That way, you can actually see the candy and select which colors you want.
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Malt Balls & Chocolate Covered Nuts
Malt balls and chocolate covered nuts work well as landscaping around the bases of gingerbread houses in this gingerbread house village. A FREE printable for these designs is available here: Free Gingerbread House Template
Malt balls can also be tied into the design. Here, the gumpaste Oompa Loompa figurines are throwing them into the chocolate river as if they are the chocolate supply that is helping keep it full.
Fruit strips may be used like siding as seen on the red parts of this cookie house with candy lawn.
Caramels may be used to form battlements on a gingerbread castle.
This is the recipe and guide I use for baking
Gingerbread House Dough Recipe & Baking Instructions
Jelly beans hold up well on gingerbread houses. I like how they come in so many different flavors and colors. The speckled ones look like rocks or bricks so they work well for decorating fireplaces and chimneys.
Above, jelly beans are used to cover the entire front face of the entrance of the Queen of Heart’s Gingerbread Castle. Below, jelly beans are used to decorate the outdoor chimney on a Gingerbread Ski Chalet.
Below, jelly beans are used to form an indoor fireplace whose chimney continues throughout three floors of Santa’s Workshop Gingerbread House.
Pirouettes work well as columns and banisters. Below, they are used on the Cookie House With Candy Lawn to help support the railings and prop up the roof of the front porch.
Below is another example of Pirouettes being used to support the roof a two porches in the Gingerbread Ski Chalet.
Pretzels, although not a candy, may also be used to create vertical elements like ladders as seen in this closeup from Santa’s Workshop Gingerbread House.
This kit contains the royal icing recipes that I use for decorating plus techniques for assembling
Gingerbread House Decoration & Construction
Sprinkles and Dots
I also like to use smaller decorations like edible pearls and sprinkles to decorate the ground.
In the example above, Nerds, malt balls, chocolate covered nuts, rainbow sprinkles and edible pearls decorate the ground surrounding the modeling chocolate figurines winter gingerbread village. Also inside the chimney of the Orange Creamsicle Gingerbread House (above left) are hiding a collection of malt balls.
In the example above, chocolate sprinkles and crushed root beer candies are on the ground surrounding an edible wheelbarrow and candy vat. Fruit flavored tootsie rolls square off the edges of the yard.
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