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5 Gingerbread House Themes, from Sweet to Savory

Gingerbread house themes

We love the holidays for all the fun rituals, overall coziness, and extra time spent with family and friends. One of our favorite holiday activities, among many, is building and subsequently eating an entire gingerbread house. And, though we could tell you we make the gingerbread pieces from scratch, the truth is, we almost never do. So, if you’re anything like us and you bought a pre-made gingerbread house at the store, here are some sweet tips for customizing it in delicious, diverse ways that are all super simple: they don’t require any special equipment or masterful decorating skills.

Gingerbread house themes


If your idea of dessert is anything that features chocolate front and center, we’ve got some cacao-forward decorating ideas.

  • Kit Kats or non-pareils for roofing
  • Stick lines of your preferred choc on the roof to create the effect of a shingled roofing.
  • Use chocolate discs to encircle your doorframe.
  • Chocolate chips—mini or regular sized—are great for a doorknob and can also be used to line windows.
gingerbread house themes

All savory

Do you love a little sea salt on your cookies or in your caramel? Switch things up and use a mix of sweet and salty accents on your gingerbread house.

  • Use pretzel sticks to outline the windows.
  • Line the roof with Peanut M&Ms.
  • Use Chex Mix to shingle your roof in true savory fashion.

Sour fiend

Love that zingy feeling of sour candy on your tongue? Well, buy some extra and use it in myriad ways on your gingerbread house. We especially love outlining the windows with thin strands of sour s’ghetti.

  • Sour ropes make a great roofing decoration.
  • Arrange sour patch kids outside the house as homeowners.
  • Sour skittles can be used as paving up to the doorway.
  • Use strips of sour spaghetti to outline windows.
gingerbread house themes

Cereal sweets

If breakfast is your favorite meal of the day and cereal is your go-to, save some at the bottom of the bag for gingerbread house decorations. How cute is a Cheerio doorknob?

  • Frosted Mini Wheats or Fruit Loops for roofing.
  • Cheerios can line the door.
  • Cinnamon toast crunch for elevated roof shingles.

Fruity and nutty

If dried fruits and nuts are your favorite snacks, you’re in luck, because they also make awesome additions to a gingerbread house that’s a little less candy-centric.

  • For doorknobs, use raisins.
  • Layer almonds on the roof.
  • Create a colorful doorframe with pistachios.


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