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Gingerbread housing starts are up!

It’s been a crazy month, and the new construction starts are up 2,000% from November. There has been a rumored royal icing shortage, which has contributed to some price-gouging iin the powdered sugar markets. This week alone, Necco sales are up 10-fold, and the shelves have been cleared of green and red gumdrops.

Here are my rules for a legitimate gingerbread house contractor to follow:

1.The house must be covered in candy, not just pretty icing swirls.

2. It should be made by a novice builder. The ones made by pastry chefs are about as exciting as those iron chef cooking shows. The less-professional looking, the more authentic it is.

3. The more creative use of building maerials, the better. Cereal, nuts, pasta, or anything edible is fair game.

4. It can’t be from a boxed kit. Those kits are great for parties, but a real house has to be made from scratch.

5. It doesn’t have to be a “house” see the trailer below.

Take a look at photos (courtesy of Pinterest) from the booming market…

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check out Fallingwater below, and on this site

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I'm a crazy, candy-infatuated, blogger who s so happy that you stopped by. This place is dedicated to all of us who always end up in the candy aisle. I'm totally impartial and answer only to my taste buds. I write about all things sweet from candy to baking to ice cream and beyond. Let me know your favorites.

2 responses »

  1. Thank you for the gallery of gingerbread houses. They are wonderful. And thank you for
    the list of guidelines for contractors, and the indepth reporting regarding the gingerbread housing situation.
    Should be in the front of the NYT Business section.

    Reply

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