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The best gingerbread house kits to buy in 2021

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Published: October 22, 2021 at 10:01 am
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Build a Christmas masterpiece in your own kitchen this season with the help of these gingerbread house kits, including vegan and gluten-free options.

Is there anything more festive than gingerbread? It can take many forms – gingerbread cookies, gingerbread people, a gingerbread wreath or even a chocolate gingerbread advent calendar – but a decorated gingerbread house is a real spectacle. Baked gingerbread walls are 'glued' together with icing, then the house is abundantly decorated with colourful treats, making every component of the structure edible.

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When it comes to flavours of winter, aromatic cinnamon and ginger are warm and comforting. With the help of a gingerbread house kit, you can create a Christmas centrepiece in your own kitchen.

Our favourite kits, below, include a range of ready-to-assemble gingerbread houses, which arrive with pre-baked components accompanied by icing and sweet treats for decoration. There are also some sets that require baking, as well as an alternative offering for those who aren’t fans of gingerbread. We’ve found vegan and gluten-free options, too, so no one misses out on the festivities!

If you’re starting from scratch, BBC Good Food’s Lulu Grimes will walk you through how to make gingerbread and offer her top tips for cutting, shaping and decorating the dough.

Discover a host of Christmas recipes, guides and videos, from festive baking ideas, to cocktails and drinks inspiration.

The best gingerbread house kits

Honeywell Biscuit Co gingerbread house kit

Honeywell Biscuit Company Gingerbread House Kit, best gingerbread kits

This kit starts you off with making and baking the gingerbread, so it's a great project for kids (and adults!) who love cooking. A template, recipe card, icing and sweets are all included, with a few extras to nibble on during the build. Buy this for your family or to give as a foodie gift – there’s also a gift-wrapping option which includes a personalised message.

The Biscuiteers DIY pre-baked gingerbread kit

Biscuiteers gingerbread house kit, best gingerbread house kits

Presented in an ornately decorated square-edged tin, The Biscuiteers gingerbread house kit is a high-end treat that's ready to assemble and suitable for the whole family. Inside, you’ll find the brand's twice-baked gingerbread house pieces that have the snap you'd expect from gingerbread, with the buttery crumble of shortbread. Vanilla-flavoured royal icing sugar, piping bags and an assortment of colourful decorations are also included. Alternatively, the brand’s gingerbread Christmas baubles DIY tin would make a perfect addition to any Christmas tree.

Bakedin gingerbread house kit

BakedIn Gingerbread House Kit, best gingerbread house kits

In theory, the design of this gingerbread house should make it one of the simplest to construct. The recipe itself is by Michel Roux, and the kit includes all the dry ingredients, a step-by-step recipe card, baking paper and sweets for decorating. The instructions are also online, which is a handy back-up if the recipe card gets marked by messy fingers.

Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate house kit

cadbury chocolate house

Although this isn’t a gingerbread house, this kit from Cadbury makes a great alternative. The compact kit comprises six firm Cadbury favourites: Dairy Milk, Dairy Milk winter gingerbread edition, Dairy Milk winter wonderland edition, white buttons and a Flake. Cement the walls together using melted Dairy Milk and decorate with the icing provided. For little elves who don’t enjoy the flavour of gingerbread, this Cadbury set ensures they won’t feel left out.

Vegan and gluten-free gingerbread house kits, Glitterbug Bakery

Glitterbug Bakery vegan and gluten free gingerbread house kit, best gingerbread kits

For anyone with specific dietary requirements, it can be hard to find delicious gingerbread kits to build at home. The Glitterbug Bakery has an entirely separate kitchen for making its free-from bakes without risk of cross-contamination. It offers gluten-, wheat- and dairy-free gingerbread house kits, ready to decorate with sweet treats of your choice. Included are the pre-baked house parts, a cake board, icing bag and full instructions for assembling it at home. Vegan royal icing will be available on request and the team can work around other dietary requirements, for example soya allergies.

Aldi gingerbread house

  • Available from Aldi in store from 12 November (£4.99)
aldi gingerbread house

This gingerbread house comes pre-assembled, making it ideal for smaller children who may struggle with the construction element of some of the other gingerbread houses on this list. This ready-to-decorate gingerbread house comes with pre-made icing, as well as chocolate buttons and chewy sweets. There’s also a gingerbread person and tree to decorate, too.

  • Available from Aldi in store from 12 November (£4.99)

Winter wonderland gingerbread house kit

Winter Wonderland gingerbread house kit

In theory, this kit should be easy to assemble thanks to the interlocking design of its walls and chimney, but slightly older children would have the best chance of making sure the pieces won’t get broken. Once unpacked, it can be instantly assembled, and a marshmallow snowman, glittery star and sugar paste partridge provide extra festive detailing. The brand gets extra points for its biodegradable packaging and vacuum-packed components.

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