With a dough cutter or sharp knife, cut a large, 2.25 oz Tootsie Roll® into thirds or use the smaller, thick Tootsie Rolls® for the mailbox tops.
Cut Trident® cinnamon gum into “mailbox flag” shapes. Or Satin Ice® red fondant into “mailbox flag” shapes. Attach the red flags to the mailboxes with a small dot of Royal icing(not show in photo). Set aside to dry for an hour or more.
Apply a dot of royal Icing onto a Peppermint Starlight® mint candy. Place another peppermint on it. Repeat until four peppermints are stacked. *It’s a good idea to stack two peppermints at a time; set aside to dry. Once the icing is dry, stack the four peppermints together. Otherwise, the peppermints will slide as they are drying, creating a leaning mailbox!
Final step, place the top of the mailbox on top of the stacked peppermints. Set aside to dry overnight.
Candy mailboxes for gingerbread houses are a creative, unique confection for you gingerbread houses!
Everyone is ready for some holiday cheer! How to build a gingerbread house with a store-bought gingerbread house kit.
*Kits are available at most craft stores and grocery stores.
How To Build A Gingerbread House – Most Important Tip!
For a sturdy gingerbread house discard the icing in the kit and make the Royal Icing.
Seven Steps For Building:
Make one recipe of Royal Icing. Be sure to beat the Royal Icing until it is very thick. This assures the gingerbread house will be sturdy. Trim 1/2″ off the end of a Wilton® disposable pastry bag. Fill it half way with Royal icing. Set aside.
Arrange the gingerbread house pieces on a 14″ round cake board.
Pipe the Royal icing onto the cake board(the dimensions of the gingerbread house). Pipe the Royal icing onto the edges of the front and back pieces of the gingerbread house.
Stand the gingerbread house’s back piece and one side piece.
Stand the gingerbread house’s front piece and the other side piece. Set aside to dry for a couple of hours or overnight.
Add one gingerbread house roof piece.
Add the other gingerbread house roof piece. Set aside to dry overnight. Your gingerbread house is ready to decorate. Happy decorating!
Royal Icing for gingerbread houses – it is the essential component for building gingerbread houses and confections. For the gingerbread houses and holiday trees, the consistency should be thick and creamy. For the red doors and custom door mats, it should be a thick pourable consistency. The ingredients are the same for all. The difference is in how long the Royal Icing is beaten.
Royal Icing For Gingerbread Houses Essential Equipment:
A red door means “welcome” in an old early American tradition. Weary travelers by horse and buggy would know that a home with a red front door was a welcoming place to rest. A red candy door on a gingerbread house carries on this friendly tradition!
Red candy doors are another fun confection to custom make for gingerbread houses. They are easy to make!
*Make ahead – the red royal icing needs plenty of time for drying(a day before and up to a couple of weeks before the gingerbread house decorating.)
Make 1 recipe of Royal icing. Combine the ingredients for a couple of minutes. The consistency should be a pourable consistency, similar to a thick syrup. Tint it with Super Red food coloring. Pour into a wide-rimmed bowl.
Carefully break Hershey® candy bars into four pieces.
With a dough cutter, carefully trim about 3/4″ off each end of the candy bar pieces.
Dip candy bar pieces in the icing. Place on wire racks set over wax paper to catch the drips.
Carefully place the candy wreaths on the doors.
Set aside to dry overnight. When the doors are dry, gently lift away from the wire rack with a metal spatula.
Candy Holiday Trees for Gingerbread Houses are a great addition to the landscaping! Made with a few ingredients, they are worth a little bit of time spent spent making them because they add so much to the gingerbread houses.
*Make them ahead because the royal icing needs to dry overnight! They can even be made a couple of weeks ahead of time.
In the bowl of a Kitchen Aid mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, make 1 recipe of Royal Icing. Add it to a small bowl.
2. Add the “leaf green” food coloring. 3. Stir to combine.4. Continue stirring until all of the white streaks are gone.5. Spread a generous amount of the green royal icing onto a sugar cone; creating swirls with the icing.6. Immediately, add the sprinkles. Place on a silicone baking mat, wax paper or parchment paper. Set aside to dry overnight.
Your family and friends will love your candy holiday trees for their gingerbread houses!
Four Easy Steps To Make Lollipop Ponds For Gingerbread Houses:
In a heavy 2-quart pan, stir together 2 cups sugar, 3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup Karo® light corn syrup and 5 drops blue food coloring.2. Place a candy thermometer on the side of the pan. Heat to 300ºF or hard-crack stage.3. Stir in the blue food coloring.4. Immediately, pour onto the Silicone baking mats, creating irregular-pond shapes. Set aside for drying, about 10 minutes.Have fun decorating your gingerbread houses!