Custom Edible Holiday House Ideas

Forget traditional gingerbread: This year, make your neighbors jealous with a custom holiday house build from unexpected ingredients
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A-Frame

Make the house by cutting two store-bought pound cakes into two right-angle triangles and pushing the pieces together. Cut a chimney from the excess, attach with a toothpick and frost.

A-Frame Gingerbread House

A Sweet Foundation

Stick shingles made of pastel candy disks right into the frosting. Sprinkles create a walkway, and confectioners' sugar completes the snowy look.

A Sweet Foundation

See Clearly Now

Use a rolling pin to flatten fruit chews. Cut out windows and a door, and stick into frosting.

See Clearly Now

Sweeten the Deal

The trees are ice cream cones covered in green frosting.

Sweeten the Deal

Mid-Century Modern

All it takes to hold this house together: a little bit of melted chocolate heated in the microwave. A handful of shredded coconut stands in for snow.

Mid-Century Modern Gingerbread House

Set the Bar High!

Use a combination of chocolate bars (dark, milk, white and cookie-filled) to mix up the look.

Set the Bar High!

Open Sesame

The door knob is an M&M's Mini and the windows are blue fruit chews attached with melted chocolate.

Open Sesame

The Sweetest Tree

Make a tree with trimmed pretzel sticks held together with melted chocolate. Stick it into an upside-down mini peanut butter cup.

The Sweetest Tree

Rustic Log Cabin

Cheese and crackers are so much more fun in house form! The mortar between the pretzels and crackers is spreadable cheese.

Rustic Log Cabin Gingerbread House

Gotcha Covered

Place the pepperoni shingles last and encourage guests to eat up quickly: If this house sits out for too long the shingles can get a little greasy.

Gotcha Covered

You Can Eat the Snow!

It's snowing grated Parmesan cheese!

You Can Eat the Snow!

Not-So-Frosty the Snowman

The mozzarella-ball snowman has peppercorn eyes, a carrot-and-olive hat and a roasted-red-pepper scarf.

Not-So-Frosty the Snowman

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