Thursday, December 19, 2013

Making Holiday Treats with Nestle

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


Many of you know that my idea of pretty, fantastic, wonderful, & terrific is usually something one of my kids have made.  Gingerbread houses are no exception. So when Nestle sent us some SweetTarts Holiday Gummies, we knew right where to use them.


Yesterday was "Make-a-Gingerbread-House Day" for the Kindergartners (yeah, I love that day!), and we put the gummies to good use! You can see the trees and snowmen providing the scenery around the house (those are the gummies).

I asked my son what his favorite part of making Gingerbread Houses was, and he said it was the taste-testing. ;)

You can make your own Gingerbread House out of a milk carton too. It's way easier than trying to construct one and have it stick together from a kit (at least it is for us!).

Ingredients

  • A washed and dried pint-sized cardboard milk carton
  • 3 full-sized Graham Crackers
  • White Frosting
  • Something for little hands to use for spreading the frosting
  • A paper plate
  • Candy Embellishments

Note: You can staple the top of the carton closed so it doesn't open during assembly (optional)

Instructions

  • Spread a square-dollop of frosting on the middle of the plate, making it approximately the size of the milk carton bottom.
  • Firmly (not so firmly you remove the frosting from underneath the carton) press your carton into place
  • Carefully snap your graham crackers in half (you should have six squares)
  • Spread a coat of frosting on the top of the carton and on each side.
  • Firmly (not so firmly it breaks) adhere a graham cracker square to each section.
  • Allow to dry.
  • Then you want to carefully spread frosting on top of the graham crackers, and use the frosting to hold your decorating pieces (candy) in place.
  • Embellish with candies like the Wonka SweetTarts Holiday Gummies (placed in the frosting to hold in place), and allow to dry.  


We used our Wonka SweetTarts Holiday Gummies
to create outside scenery for my son's Gingerbread House

Easy peasy, and fun too.  The little ones enjoy making these. They get to use their dexterity and feel accomplished, while still being offered a bit of a challenge. And it's working with candy (always a big bonus with the young crowd). I love making one (or more) of these milk carton Gingerbread Houses each and every holiday season.


Nestle also sent us a great big candy cane full of powdered pixie sticks. Those are hanging on the stocking rack, and all of the kids can share those throughout the holiday season (after Christmas morning, of course).

Will you be making/baking things with candy over the holiday season too?  If so, make sure to check out the Nestle brand. You can get all kinds of Nestle goodies (Wonka, Nestle Cruch, and Butterfinger too!) for baking and holiday creating, and none of them are over $10.

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54 comments:

  1. What fun!!! I always thought gingerbread house-making must be really hard. You've proven it is not so!

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    1. They're easy with the base like that. Our big ones stayed up last year, but it was a battle. ;)

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  2. That makes me happy, I used all the same items to make one here!

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    1. They're fun. Glad you guys got your Gingerbread House groove on too. :)

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  3. It's so cute! What a fun activity for kids :)

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    1. It's perfect for his age, and last year we all did one and even the teens liked it. :)

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  4. haha quite the creation indeed. Doesn't sound too hard to make, but mine would still fall over I bet

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    1. Not with that sturdy milk carton holding it up, it wouldn't. ;)

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  5. His house came out awesome. I think my boys would end up eating more than they put on the house, though LOL.

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    1. He had a couple of pieces, that's his favorite part. Someone brought in miniature ribbon candy, I wanted to eat one of those, but he just got the one piece...so I didn't. ;)

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  6. Your little guy looks very proud of his house indeed. Lots of work goes into those. I never made one. YET!

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    1. They're not so messy as they look, especially if you use bigger pieces of candy.

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  7. Very nice. We bought one from Walmart to put together. It came out pretty but the parts didn't taste very good. I'll have to keep this in mind for next year.

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    1. We got a bunch of big ones from Home Depot last year and they didn't taste so hot either. They were cool looking though. :)

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  8. He did such a good job! i love that cute little gingerbread house, what a great idea to use a milk carton, theyy can be a pain to keep standing!

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    1. I remember that pain from last year. ;)

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  9. I have enjoyed Nestle's products over the years. I always buy Nestle's condensed milk!:) Oh those gummies look yummy. I am fascinated by the Gingerbread Houses. The one you and your son made is beautiful. Wonderful picture of the Little Man. Continue to have a wonderful season Rosey!

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    1. Thanks Judy. My mom and grandma always used the condensed milk too.:) I hope you're loving your time this season too. :)

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  10. I did the ginger bread house last year with the kids. The adults ended up having to do most of the work. The kids ran and played. I am impressed you were able to get your little one to finish the cottage. :-0

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  11. What a clever idea! I bought a kit one year and tried to make one with my gr-kids. What a disaster! The girls had a great time, though.

    I must give your suggestion a try!

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    1. We did a kit last year with varying levels of success. ;)

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  12. Very clever idea, taste testing lol mine too :) I've never made one before.

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    1. Kids are smart, taste testing rocks. :)

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  13. The houses are too cute! Good job on them! Nestle has always been a staple in our home around the holidays. They were always in our stockings each Christmas!

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    1. We put candy in our stockings too. Hubby likes the Nestle Crunch Bells. :)

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    1. The little bite-sized pieces make it all too tempting. :)

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  15. Very creative....I didn't know that Sweet Tarts makes gummy candy, I remember eating pixie sticks as a kid, thank you for this review I found it very informative.

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    1. I didn't know SweetTarts made gummies either. They're pretty good. :)

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  16. So sweet! And your son looks so proud of his house too. I just made these with the kids a few days ago and it is really becoming a special holiday tradition. :)

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  17. Can you send that one over? I am feeling hungry and it looks delicious!

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    1. Fair trade: Some of that cake you posted about today for some of the Gingerbread house. :)

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  18. Omg I wish they made that pixi stix candy cane when I was younger. So fun!

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    1. I saw some really huge ones somewhere once and laughed, it was a lot of candy. ;)

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  19. Gingerbread houses are so much fun to make. I usually just get a kit and make one. The one you made is so cute, and it looks like your son had fun making it. I can not wait for Christmas!

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    1. It's coming fast now. :) Merry Christmas, Karen!!

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  20. My son just made a gingerbread house (and he's in 4th grade!) He liked the taste testing best too! :) Your son's came out so nice - very colorful!

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    1. He def. went all out w/the selections. ;)

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  21. what an adorable gingerbread house!! he looks so proud, and you must be too, mama!
    i would want to eat the whole thing!! :)

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    1. He really was proud of his little house. :)

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  22. Gingerbread houses are so much fun! Your son's house looks great :)

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    1. They are fun, and very Christmas-y. :)

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  23. I wonder if these gummies are like wine gums. Wine gums are like a firmer version of Swedish Fish.

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    1. Very similar, I would guess. These are really sweet though...sweeter than the Swedish Fish.

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  24. Of course the taste-testing is always the fun part :)

    He is just too cute.

    I should make the gingerbread house too :)

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    1. Those kind are easy to make and they stay standing with no problems. I like that. ;)

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  25. super cute...
    the aquarium back home did this the other day (using the milk carton)

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  26. I've never made a gingerbread house and you show us can be easy and still come out wonderful!!! I guess after my efforts at cookie decorating, I didn't think I could tackle something like this, but now I do!!! Wowie!!

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