The Sweet Candy World of Gingerbread Architecture (Fourth Edition)

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A key Christmas feature is the gingerbread house. In Hansel and Gretel, this is the fairy tale equivalent of a windowless van with free candy. Anyway, on these you’ll find stuff like gum drops you’d never eat, candy canes, icing, and more. For many families, it’s a Christmas tradition that stores often sell gingerbread house kids. Now I don’t usually show them because they’re quite standard and lack much originality. But for some repressed artists, these kits are just child’s play. When you Google gingerbread houses, you come to some elaborate displays at some of these contests. Obviously a sign that some people have too much time on their hands. Anyway, for your reading pleasure, I give you another assortment of sweet gingerbread houses.

  1. Every kid dreams of a candy castle.
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Has some ice cream sundae tower tops. Even has a fountain.

2. A modern dome house is the latest in gingerbread design.

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Doesn’t look like much. But it lights from a window from the inside.

3. Feel free to walk on the winter bridge.

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Comes with 2 lamp posts that light up. Has frosting on the railing.

4. You can’t pass by a colorful church.

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This one has beautiful stained glass windows. Love the candy cane columns and Christmas decorations.

5. Feel free to attend a holiday party at this large mansion.

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Or is it a fancy hotel? Has wreaths on windows and 2 chimneys.

6. Enjoy the romantic atmosphere of Venice, Italy.

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Yes, Venice is a beautiful city despite being the 18th century Las Vegas. But now it’s basically sinking and has recently experienced floods due to climate change. So enjoy this gingerbread replica while you can.

7. Perhaps you’d prefer a quaint Christmas cottage.

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This is in a more medieval fairy tale village design. Has lights on the roof and the wreath on the door.

8. Sometimes it pays to go big.

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This giant gingerbread house is from Disneyland. And yes, it’s got Santa on the porch roof.

9. Care to stay at a swanky inn?

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This is a beautiful establishment that you probably can’t stay in. Love the balconies.

10. Don’t forget to deck the halls.

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This house has candy cane columns and garlands at the windows. A Christmas tree sits on the balcony and a wreath hangs near the roof. So stunning.

11. Spend a weekend in the woods at Clear Moon Lodge.

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This one is made from pretzel sticks stacked against each other. A snowman sits in the lawn.

12. You’d marvel at this stone house.

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Okay, it’s covered in candy. But it’s quite huge and lights up from the inside.

13. Hop aboard this wooden gingerbread ship.

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However, don’t say I didn’t warn you about the cramped spaces and the smell of human waste and vomit. Seriously, wooden ships make Carnival cruise ships look like a pleasure ride on a bad day.

14. Take a stroll around the town.

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This one has a few store fronts. The toy store has a clock on the roof.

15. An ornate house must have some elegant decorations.

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The roof lattice is quite elaborate. Has wreaths over the top window and garlands on the railings and window frames.

16. A Victorian house can be especially fancy.

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This might be from a kit but it has intricate designs. A Christmas tree stands at the balcony.

17. A simple church will always do.

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This one just has a steeple. Wreaths deck the roof and door.

18. A winter castle is always a chilly retreat.

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This one has white chocolate flower pretzels decorated as snowflakes. Also has 2 towers in the back.

19. Perhaps you’d rather spend your Christmas at a simple brick house.

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The house is red brick and has dark shutters and white columns. A large Christmas tree stands in the lawn.

20. This modern gingerbread house has some state-of-the-art technology.

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This one has a brick chimney with some antennae. The windows have lattice in a diamond pattern.

21. You’d feel at home in this cozy Christmas cottage.

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This one has a cookie stone path and lovely decorations. The Christmas trees are made from ice cream cones.

22. This house features a Christmas tree in a window.

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This one has lovely lattice trim on the roofs. The tree inside even sports candles.

23. Care for a retreat to the countryside?

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Everything here’s made out of cookie. Even the trees and roof tiles. Also has icicles dripping from the roof.

24. You have to keep everything ship shape these days.

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Yes, this is another wooden ship. But it also has the sails out and it’s not as flashy at the previous one.

25. Feel free to stay at this treehouse.

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Seems like it’s a haven for gnomes. Wonder how many live there.

26. Nothing makes a trip to Philadelphia worthwhile than a trip to Independence Hall.

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And here’s the gingerbread version. And yes, the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed there.

27. Come on up to the tooth fairy’s house.

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You can see a toothbrush near the door. Ironic that it’s made from sweets.

28. Want to drop in to this Old West saloon?

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It’s pink with candy cane columns and cow horns near the roof. Comes with 2 singing cacti.

29. “All the world’s a stage….”

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This is a gingerbread Globe Theater that once hosted William Shakespeare’s plays. And for God’s sake don’t shoot any cannon in it or it’ll just catch fire and burn to the ground.

30. How about a chocolate White House?

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The gummies sit on the balcony. While candy trees surround it.

31. Stop by this black and orange house.

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Kind of reminds me of a dollhouse. Has garland decorations on the windows.

32. You’d want to stop by this fairy tale cottage.

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And it’s rather ornate. Hope the old woman living there isn’t a witch of some sorts.

33. Even the hotel is festive for the season.

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The porch railings are on both floors. Wreaths decorate the doors and roof.

34. Some homes can sport mean icicles.

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Okay, these are nothing and made of sugar. But you should see the ones at Saint Vincent College during the winter.

35. London is always a city of amusement.

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Includes a Ferris wheel with the Houses of Parliament. You can see some figures on the street.

36. Christmas is indeed a silent night.

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Yes, it’s another nativity scene. The roof’s made out of mini wheats and the back has fig newtons.

37. Santa’s house is a Christmas paradise.

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Is decked with peppermints, gumdrops, and candy canes. Has 2 red and green towers.

38. Spend the afternoon at a remote ski lodge.

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It’s even all decked for Christmas. Has candy cane columns. Like the large Christmas trees.

39. You have to come to this fancy house.

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This is a rather stately mansion. Has windows and balconies galore. So stunning.

40. You’ll see multiple Santas on this one.

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The structure features Santas in different colored robes. Pinecones decorate the building.

41. You’d think this place has gone to the dogs.

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Well, they call it “Snow Pet Country.” But all the dogs are shockingly white.

42. Someone’s gotten stuck in the chimney.

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So why does Santa go down chimneys? Can’t he just go through the front door like everyone else? Or does that attract suspicion?

43. Have a quaint Christmas at this stone manor.

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You’d almost think it was a rich person’s country cottage. Even has holly and wreath decoration.

44. Please visit this lavender house over the holidays.

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The fence is kind of interesting since it has lavender posts. Like the tower and balcony.

45. Some houses can really stand out in the neighborhood.

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I guess this must be some kind of medieval apartment complex. Though I don’t think buildings of that era had that many stories.

46. You might want to see the ocean view in this lighthouse.

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Well, the lighthouse is painted in chocolate icing. Not sure if the light on the tower actually works.

47. Every girl dreams of a fancy pink Victorian.

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And indeed, it’s an elaborate one at that. Even has a rose window.

48. A couple of gingerbread people visit the White House.

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You even see a couple of Portuguese water dogs in front. Kind of makes me sad since I miss the Obamas so much.

49. You’d love to wander among these tall pagoda towers.

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They’re joined by a bridge covered in the same candy and icing. An Asian twist to Christmas so to speak.

50. Anyone opting for a nice simple life in the Shire?

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It’s a cozy hobbit hole isn’t it? Got to love the chimneys. So quaint.

51. You might want a Christmas at this stately mansion.

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Just has decorations at the balcony and front door. Love the trees.

52. A large gingerbread house must sport many colors.

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This one seems like a lovely house of fun and cheer. Even the figures look happy to be there.

53. A simple barn Christmas can always make the spirits bright.

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The animals are gingerbread. The sheep are also covered in mini marshmallows.

54. Come visit the Christmas Bake Shoppe sometime.

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You can even see the cakes inside. The facade is simple with some Christmas wreaths near the roof.

55. A small cottage will always be within the holiday season.

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Man, this one has long icicles. Snowman and Christmas tree stand in the front lawn.

56. A purple Victorian always brings great tidings.

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This one has garlands in the windows and the porch railings. The wreaths are at the entrance.

57. Even a small house can give plenty of warmth.

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Well, this is a rather small house in a fantasy setting. And it seems like it’s cover in sugar.

58. You can see the cakes in this bakery.

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This one’s called the “Goodies Bakery.” And yes, the windows do light up.

59. Just a shack on the beach.

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While many are made from candy, this one’s covered in pretzels for windows, doors, and roof. Like the goldfish crackers in the water.

60. This Victorian is all decked for Christmas.

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It has icicles on the roof. Don’t want to know what could happen when those melt off. Like the decor though.

61. What goes on at this house is truly despicable.

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Okay, my mistake. This is Gru’s house. Here he’s surrounded by his 3 daughters and a multitude of his minions.

62. A simple yellow house will ring in the holiday cheer.

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The balcony is richly decorated. Love the lamp post in the law. So pretty.

63. No gingerbread house is too big to light.

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This one has plenty of snow on it. While it sports all kinds of windows on the facade.

64. You can go all around the world in this merry-go-round.

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The carousel is in the middle. While the sights are on the periphery. This one shows Paris, France.

65. You’ll find your way back to shore with this lighthouse.

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This one is covered in red and white candies. A wreath dons the lighthouse and cabin doors.

66. You might want to check out this stately mansion.

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Has a Christmas tree on the balcony. Strange it’s not decorated.

67. A tan brick Victorian townhouse is always nice.

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The balcony has green floors. Surrounded by green shrubbery.

68. Take a trip down to this blue house.

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this one has stones on the facade. The roof is covered with Chex cereal.

69. You’d adore this gingerbread doghouse.

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This is a rather small house. Decorated with red and green icing and sprinkles.

70. This yellow house can never have enough poinsettias.

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The poinsettias are all in boxes outside the windows and on the steps. Like the wreaths and Christmas trees.

71. Help yourself to this castle.

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Seems like it’s made out of stone. Has interesting gold tower tops and roofs.

72. Care to visit this large brick mansion?

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This one has 2 stories that include a porch and a balcony. And it’s all decorated for Christmas.

73. Stop by and visit Santa’s workshop sometime.

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This one makes toymaking for Christmas seem like a massive operation. Has 3 chimneys on top.

74. This house is bursting with flowers.

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The flowers are all on the roof and in all kinds of colors. So pretty.

75. You’ll find plenty of sweets on this house.

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This one has all kinds of cookies on the roof. Not to mention, ice cream cone treats as fence posts.

76. A stately home will always be ready for the season.

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Consists of 3 buildings with blue roofs. Like the Christmas tree and presents.

77. Care to come into this town cottage?

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The roof is covered with snow. Decorated with wreaths on the columns and the upper story.

78. Want to spend some time in Sweden?

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This is a gingerbread Sweden display. Its flag is even hoisted on a candy cane.

79. You’ll find this house rather minty this time of year.

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There are peppermints all over the roof. And yes, the fence is made from gingerbread, too.

80. Perhaps you’d want to stop by this rustic barn.

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This one has holly on the windows. The silo is covered with pretzels. The path consists of Chex.

81. This castle’s all decked out for Christmas.

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Has wreaths on all the towers. While it’s covered in green and red piping. So festive.

82. Perhaps you’d like to spend some time in a secluded cottage.

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Has a flower garden outside. The chimney looks like it was made from stones.

83. Hang around the farmhouse during the fall.

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You’ll find plenty of apple trees and pumpkins. A candy cane holds an American flag.

84. A gingerbread city’s always a happening place.

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This one’s got plenty of gingerbread towers. Love the rainbow lollipop on the castle. Or is it a cathedral?

85. It’s definitely a winter wonderland at this gingerbread White House.

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Sure it might not be white. But it’s covered with snowflakes. As Santa lands onto the roof with his sleigh and reindeer.

86. How about a gingerbread house with a black roof?

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The gumdrops are on the roof. Candy canes surround the graham cracker door.

87. A rustic Scandinavian house is just what you need.

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This one has 3 stories. There’s a tower on top. Like the trees.

88. Stop by the Ginger Snaps Bakery.

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You’ll find some cakes inside. Even has its own gingerbread house. So cute.

89. This chocolate house will bring in the holiday cheer.

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This one has a uniquely candy roof with chocolate chips on top. Wreaths deck the windows.

90. Seems like there’s a toy sale.

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The toy shop is rather small. But you got to love the Christmas tree inside.

91. You’ll find some of these gingerbread houses stacked on top of each other.

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Kind of reminds me of an apartment complex in Whoville. Love the candy and vibrant colors.

92. Spend Christmas at the hunting lodge this year.

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The antlers are made from pretzels. While a camper sits outside.

93. Make yourself at home in this pagoda.

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This one has a duck on top. Roof covered with icing. Ground covered with sugar.

94. You’re always welcome at the Hello Kitty house.

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She’s a cartoon character from Japan. Very popular in merchandise in the States.

95. Looks like a basilica has been snowed over.

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Or is that a cathedral? Still, you have to love the blue and yellow dome on the roof.

96. Don’t forget to stop by this building courtyard.

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This one must be for a college given the image on the left. Like the tree in the center. So pretty.

97. You can walk through this gingerbread house.

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Not sure if I’d want to go through a life size gingerbread house I could eat. But it’s sure a stunning sight to behold.

98. Seems like this bus is going under.

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This is a gingerbread version of a Pittsburgh bus sinkhole incident. And yes, it’s been parodied several times. Even as a Halloween group costume.

99. Enjoy a nice country Christmas at Mt. Vernon.

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You know, George Washington’s home. This one has farm animals in the courtyard for some reason.

100. You’ll find a castle like this once upon a dream.

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This is the castle from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Here Prince Philip fights Maleficent as a dragon.

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