I gladly worked with Discovery Cube on this sponsored post. I received compensation in exchange of my honest review of my experience building the best gingerbread house…ever.
Building a gingerbread house is not really an easy task. There is literally a science behind it. Not only in the cooking part, (because…shh, cooking is science) but in the actual construction of the house, too! We use heat, math, engineering and other important components in order to bake and create these confections! (See my tips for building a house, below)
This past weekend, the kids and I were invited down to Discovery Cube Orange County to learn about the actual science behind building a delicious, edible house for display! And don’t forget, if you actually make your own gingerbread, your home will smell like magical elves. I mean it, it will feel like there are magical elves hiding in your cupboards that are dancing in sugar and singing your favorite Christmas songs while giving you warm holiday hugs.
No Joke. Even if you don’t eat the gingerbread, the smell alone is worth giving it a go. And it’s so easy!
Discovery Cube Los Angeles is hosting their annual Gingerbread House Competition again, and it’s a perfect holiday activity for you and your family to do together! What’s better, is that the gingerbread house doesn’t have to be a ‘house.’ It can be a structure you and your kids come up with! (See entry form and rules HERE)
There are many categories you can enter, such as Best Holiday Theme, Best By a Classroom, Best Doc McStuffins Theme and more! Submissions will be accepted between November 18th – December 3rd. Anyone can enter and all entries will receive four admission tickets to the exclusive awards party on December 8th.
Here are 5 tips that we learned while making our Gingerbread House:
5. Thick royal icing works best to ‘glue’ the house together.
I think this tip speaks for itself. You can see a recipe for royal icing below, and it can be made thin/thick depending on how much liquid you use to make it.
4. Melted chocolate works as a great glue, too!
Melted chocolate will dry hard, so it’s a great glue to use when decorating a gingerbread house. I still suggest using thick royal icing for a bonding agent, especially if your gingerbread is heavy or thick.
3. Let the glued house and frosting dry before decorating.
We learned this the hard way, as our roof caved in twice! We loaded it with our gum balls and M&M’s too soon…and boom. And while we’re talking about it…decorate the roof last! Build the weight on the walls first, then move upward.
2. Toothpicks work great to help keep it together!
See previous tip… our house caved in on us twice while constructing. We had a beautiful thing going, but we loaded the roof with too much before it was dry. We ended up shoving toothpicks like nails from one wall to the next and it worked like a charm! You can also build the house around something like a tall plastic up or something inside that will help support the structure.
1. Make sure you have PLENTY of candy, because inevitably, the sneaky little fingers of the kids (and adults, too) will surely help some of that decor disappear.
There are so many options when decorating a gingerbread house. The candy options are endless and there are so many cute ideas for using unique candy. But, the best is coming up with your own way! And if you have your favorite candy sitting in front of you, you will nibble!
The Science of Gingerbread exhibit will be open November 24th – December 31st at Discovery Cube Los Angeles. There will be plenty of ‘Fa La La’ activities on the calendar. You’ll be able to build a candy car out of holiday treats and then compete, sweet-to-sweet in the Gingerbread Derby. Even Santa Claus will make special appearances!
To get your tickets to Discovery Cube and for more details on The Science of Gingerbread, click HERE.
Discovery Cube Los Angeles is located at 11800 Foothill Blvd. LA, CA 91342