The Christmas season is full of traditions and treats. This year make a gluten-free graham cracker gingerbread house using Schar Honeygrams for a quick and easy craft. Thank you Schar for sponsoring this activity!
No matter how old I get, I still LOVE graham crackers. Not only are they delicious, they’re highly versatile. They hold toasted marshmallows and melty chocolate in summer S’mores. They create the perfect base for a cheesecake. Did you also know that you can use them to make a gluten-free graham cracker gingerbread house? For my first time making a gingerbread house from scratch (yes, first time) I chose to use Schar Honeygrams. Perfectly square, they immediately remind me of building blocks! Here in Michigan I can find Schar Honeygrams, and many more Schar products, at my local Meijer stores.
Making a gluten-free graham cracker gingerbread house can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it. You can build a small square one with four simple walls and peaked roof. You can even make a Christmas train, like the spouse of my friend Amanda did. (Visit her website to see how they made their gluten-free gingerbread houses, and snag her recipe for royal icing too!) As I know that many classrooms use graham crackers to make a gingerbread house, I choose to turn my gluten-free graham cracker gingerbread house into a school! I added a dusting of powdered sugar to simulate freshly fallen snow. (In addition, it covers over any mistakes!)
I wanted to make my gluten-free graham cracker gingerbread house safe for more than just me though. I know the school where my husband teachers requires all rooms to be free of tree nuts and peanuts. So I used candy decorations that were made in peanut-free facilities as well. My two favorite candies for this are Sixlets and Andes Mints. Sixlets are similar to M&M’s, but are spherical instead of round and flat. Luckily there are many sweets that are free of nuts. Candy canes and Tootsie Rolls also make great decorations for a gluten-free graham cracker gingerbread house as well. (*Note- Schar Honeygrams do not contain peanuts or tree nuts. However, the box does claim they may contain coconut and hazelnut through possible cross-contact.)
Gluten-Free and Nut-Free Candies
* Andes Mints
* Tootsie Rolls
* Cella’s Chocolate Covered Cherries
* Kraft Caramels
* Jolly Ranchers
* Spangler Candy Canes
* Enjoy Life Chocolate Bars and Baking Chips
* Pascha Baking Chips
* free2B chocolate cups
* Visit SnackSafely.com for more nut-free suggestions. (Not all items on the list are gluten-free.)
For my first time making a gluten-free graham cracker gingerbread house, I’d say it was successful! How would you decorate yours? What others substitutions does your child need in his or her classroom? Feel free to comment below!
**This post was sponsored by Schar. While I was compensated monetarily for this post, my thoughts and opinions are my own.**