Fact: There are far too many amazingly offbeat gingerbread homes. I could never fit them all in one post. Technically that makes this, “Some of the world’s best offbeat gingerbread homes.” Which, sorry; was less catchy as a header.
Fact: You may be thinking, “Has Jennifer gone plum crazy! Gingerbread home making season is a ways off.” However, these are not run of the mill, graham cracker and frosting homes. These require thought and early planning. If you want better than blah come the winter holiday season, hit the drawing board now.
These will give you some inspiration.
The best of the best gingerbread homes that I have ever seen come via Gizmodo. One of the most beautiful shiny gadget blogs in town. This may seem odd but a few years back at Christmas time they had the best ever build an edible Gizmodo-House contest. I think they gave a TV to the winner. These are so amazing you’ll faint.
A dome home of which you can see the building process right here.
I LOVE this next one. It’s a winner just based on pure wit alone.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! My son would love to make this one.
Now, it was hard to just show three — there’s lots more to see so head over to Gizmodo.
Next up my friend Marye over at Baking Delights loves two things (ok lots of things) but she does adore baking and her eight; yup EIGHT kids quite a bit. So, while she’s not old, I’d still say that this is her perfect home.
Below is the 2006 grand prize winner at The National Gingerbread House Competition at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. It’s easy to see why it won. It looks like someone carved it — out of a large pine cone. Just amazing.
More of a bridge than a home but still cool; this one is from the annual Seattle show at City Centre Mall via Cynical-C Blog.
I want to live here. I don’t care if it’s made of gingerbread. I am moving in; it reminds me of Red Lodge, Montana. It was made by a genius fellow; Max Kitano of Sugarworks, LLC. Visit his site and prepare to be astounded.
Doesn’t it look all cozy.
This home is not too offbeat design wise; except that it’s HUGE! This is a basic almost life size home at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. I read that it takes 1,050 pounds of honey, 600 pounds of powered sugar, 800 pounds of flour, 140 pints of egg whites and 180 pounds of apricot glaze. Wow.
This is not big or glamorous or wacky but is very neat: The Green Gingerbread House! The kind I suggest you all build this holiday season. It was created based on an idea by staff in Cornell’s Environmental Compliance Office and, “The building sports eco-friendly features galore: high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, solar panels, a wind turbine, a “carbon negative” annual energy profile and a yard filled with native and endangered plants … and more.”
Look at the little clothesline! If I make one this year I’m trying this. You could really go all out.
Last but not least… one of my favorite gingerbread set-ups I’ve ever seen. Not exactly one house; but an entire farm stand and town winter wonderland. It sparkles! It must have taken forever.
With the holiday season coming up quick I hope that some of these inspired you to add an extra dash of spice to your own gingerbread creations this year.
How many of you are building gingerbread homes this year?
Don’t forget about our fun October month long contest. It’s happening now… Are you playing along?