Gingerbreads and Winter hot tea with cranberry and spices. (Photo by: Anjelika Gretskaia/REDA&CO/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
The Key To Building The Sturdiest Gingerbread House
By Elias Nash
Decorating a gingerbread house is one of the most enjoyable Christmas traditions, but many times you'll end up with a mess that more closely resembles a condemned cottage. We want to save you from that fate, and the first thing you can do to elevate your holiday hut is to make your own gingerbread.
Royal icing should be reserved for decorative purposes only, since it can take a long time to dry and can also crumble easily. Instead, you can use melted white chocolate, which dries into a very solid state and can be melted in the microwave.
Another alternative to icing is to make a sort of edible glue. Erica Kahn, a student at the Brown University School of Engineering, suggests melting marshmallows to add weight and stabilize the gingerbread house. For spots where you need a lighter binder, Khan recommends gummy bears, which spread thinly.