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Posted: 12/3/2012 11:45:48 AM
I need some help. My son and I are in a Gingerbread House Contest raising money for St Judes Childrens Hospital. Our theme is Karate. We have a certain amount of time to put the house together and then time to decorate.

I can't think of what to use to decorate. We plan on making the basic gingerbread house and then make the karate dojo on the ouside of the house. One of the things I want to do is make/mold karate belts and be able to color them. Would I buy a package of white fondant and use food coloring??? Will I be able to mold with this? I want to mold nunchucks and some other items he uses in karate, like a helmet.

I may be getting myself into too much, but, if I can plan it out then maybe I can make it work with your help.

We can bring anything we want to decorate, but, everything needs to be edible. Any candy ideas to use would be great too!!!!

Please help its on Saturday!!?!?!?!



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Posted: 12/3/2012 11:58:11 AM
Target used to see karate gingerbread men. That's where I got mine, but they may not have them anymore. Here's a link to a blog entry that shows you them. And here's a pic I found of them decorated:



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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:02:27 PM
Amazon has those cookie cutters for about $9. I searched "karate cookie cutters" on Amazon and they came up.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 6:26:28 AM


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Posted: 12/4/2012 6:57:33 AM
I would use gum for the karate belts, roll it out, and then use food coloring to paint on the different colors of the belt.

Get some meringue powder to make your royal icing.

If you don't have a stand mixer, borrow one so that you can make small batches of the royal icing.

Don't be afraid to use foam board to add internal structure to your house. Use the royal icing to glue on foam board to inside of your gingerbread structure and underneath your roof structure (if the rules allows for that).

If you cannot use foam board, then use extra sheets of the gingerbread inside the building to provide internal support.

I personally like the look of using candies for the decorations versus using fondant. The fondant can appear very "one note". Using the candies adds texture to the house.

Below are some ideas to add to your candy shopping list:

Roof: Necco Wafers, mini marshmallows, shredded wheat cereal, oats, Rice Krispies, gumdrops, Andes Mints, crushed Butterfingers, corn flakes, peppermints, M&M's, Skittles, Starbursts, sliced Snickers, nuts, Spree

Tree: ice cream cones decorated with silver balls, and red hots, mini candy canes + jelly fruit slices

Doors: Nestle Crunch, Hershey's Bars, graham crackers, stick gum

Doormat: Pez, Chicklets

Walls: stick gum, caramels sliced, Skittles cut in half, jelly beans cut in half

Windows: lined in royal icing, melt candy for glass windows

Windowpanes: crushed clear red candies

Shutters: Hershey's chocolate bars, crackers, Nestle's Crunch, stick gum, Andes Mints

Fences: pretzel sticks, shaped pretzels

Mosaic path: licorice pieces, colorful candy-coated chocolate pieces, Spree, Snickers, nuts, Rice Krispies, Skittles, M&Ms , Starbursts, candy wafers, red hots, chocolate bar slices, gumdrops, Nerds, rock candy

Bushes: jelly fruit slices, large marshmallows

Christmas lights: thin licorice ropes, jelly beans, colorful candy-coated chocolate pieces, mini dot candy

Cart: pretzel squares, graham crackers, frosted wheat cereal

Snow: shredded coconut, white cotton candy (who even knew?), powdered sugar

Wreath: Lifesavers, Cherrios, Fruit Loops

Presents: sugar cubes, caramels

Lamppost: candy cane + gumdrop, lollipops, peppermint sticks

Snowmen: large marshmallows

Slides & Seesaws:mini candy bars, Laffy Taffy

Swing Set: mini candy canes + rope licorice + mini candy bars

Benches & Wagons: mini candy bars, graham crackers

Log Pile: toostie rolls, cinnamon sticks cut in thirds, mini pretzels, mini candy bars sliced

Additional Candies: Teddy Grahams, Gummy Bears, Animal Crackers, gingerbread men cookies, candy buttons, raisins and dried fruits, Whoppers, nonpareils, peppermints, bubble gum tape, candy corn, Good and Plenty, Hershey's Kisses, sour balls, Twizzlers, icing writers


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Posted: 12/5/2012 7:12:14 PM
MerryMom937 Thank you so much!!!

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Posted: 12/5/2012 7:45:01 PM
Have you thought of doing a Japanese style house? That would be different and interesting.

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